Qabbalat Shabbat: Friday, 6:00 p.m. Torah Study: Saturday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. Weekday Minyan: 6:15 p.m.

Let’s Celebrate Chanukah Together!

Something for Everyone, All Throughout Chanukah!

Nightly Live-Zoom Candle Lighting

December 10-17

Nes gadol hayah Zoom; A great miracle happened… on Zoom! All are invited to join us for a nightly virtual candle lighting at 5:00 p.m. Bring your chanukiah to the screen and help us light up the night.


Please note: On Friday, 12/11 we will light at 6:00 p.m. as part of Qabbalat Shabbat, and on Saturday 12/12 we will light at 7:00 p.m. as part of the Chanukah Sing Along

“Pahk Yah Cah for Chanu-Cah” at Temple Israel

Sunday, December 13, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30 p.m.

If you’re not from BAHston, “CAH” is “car.” Join us near Temple Israel for this special occasion, pre-registration will be required. Space is limited, and location will be shared after registration. Special surprise Chanukah gift to share with everyone in their cars. Catch the clergy and the staff for Chanukah music and fun! Rain, sleet, snow, hail, or shine!

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First Night Dreidel Tournament

Thursday, December 10, 5:00 p.m.

Calling all dreidel spinners! Join us on Zoom for our first night candle lighting, led by Temple Israel clergy, and stick around to compete for the title of 5781 Dreidel Spinning Superstar! All ages welcome.

Join us on Zoom here.

Chanukah Shabbat Mishpachah

Friday, December 11, 5:15 p.m. 

Join Zoom as a family as we welcome in Shabbat together. We will play the “Chanukah Awesome” game. Don’t forget to bring your dreidels, gelt, and chanukiah to celebrate!

Join on Zoom here.

Shabbat Chanukah

Friday, December 11, 6:00 p.m. 

Bring your chanukiah to virtual Shabbat services! Amid joyful song and our warm community, we will welcome Shabbat by lighting candles together to fulfill the joyful obligation of Pir’Zoom HaNes, amplifying to one another and beyond – the miracle of Chanukah.

Join us on Zoom here.

Chanukah Sing Along and Havdalah

Saturday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.

Join Cantor Alicia Stillman as she leads us in a virtual sing along of all your current and soon to be discovered favorite Chanukah songs. All ages welcome! 

Join us on Zoom here.

Riverway Project Candle Lighting

Saturday, December 12, 4:00 – 6:15 p.m.

Want to bring more light into this world? The Riverway Project is gathering in person for a community candle lighting! We’ll be meeting in three 45-minute shifts to celebrate Havdalah and Chanukah, with a maximum of 15 people per shift to ensure all proper guidelines are maintained.   

Register here.

Kids Zoom Chanukah Party

Sunday, December 13, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Join The Village for Families with Young Children, FJECC, and the religious school for a Chanukah party on Zoom! We’ll have music from Wayne Potash, a magic show from the Magic of Danny Dubin, and special fun with the TI clergy and teachers.  

Join us on Zoom here.

The Magic of Chanukah with Robert Strong, The Comedy Magician

Thursday, December 17, 7:30 p.m.

Join us on Zoom for a special 8th night Chanukah Celebration. The Magic of Chanukah promises to be a unique, interactive, and laugh-filled magic show, designed from the ground-up for our virtual world. Appropriate for kids and adults! 

Robert Strong has twice been voted San Francisco’s ‘Best Comedian’ and three times voted San Francisco’s ‘Best Magician.’ He has performed in over 40 countries, in all 50 states, on every major TV network, and twice at the White House. 

Join us on Zoom here.

Congregant Stories of Celebrating Chanukah in Other Cultures

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From the Archives: Audio recording of "This is Temple Israel" TV program - Chanukah and its Rituals, December 13, 1953

It is December 13, 1953. Temple Israel has just installed a new Senior Rabbi, Roland B. Gittelsohn, and the Temple Israel Brotherhood, which has sponsored radio broadcasts for more than thirty years “on behalf of human relations,” has added a television program, “This is Temple Israel,” to “keep pace with the times” in a new medium.  Designed to acquaint a broad audience with Jewish teachings and practices, today’s episode, the third, focuses on the history and rituals of Chanukah, with Rabbi Gittelsohn telling the story of the Maccabees’ battle for religious freedom, their reconsecration of the Second Temple, and the legend of the tiny flask of oil that lasts eight days. He also discusses the holiday’s modern message—that minorities have the right to resist conformism and the power to defeat formidable oppressors through faith and courage.


More than a week ago, on December 5, the Sisterhood held the first Chanukah Mothers and Daughters Religious Service and Luncheon, which was also the first Temple Israel service ever led entirely by women. As part of that Saturday morning service, nine young girls performed a Chanukah ceremony in which they each represented one candle “light” and explicated its meaning: truth, mercy, holiness, justice, love, Torah, patience, God, and courage. Pleased, Rabbi Gittelsohn invited them to repeat their presentation on the television show. The episode concludes with “a candle lighting ceremony in our temple… such as you might have witnessed in almost any Jewish home around the world.” The prayers, and other holiday songs, including Mi Y’malel, Al Hanissim, Haneiros Halalu, and Rock of Ages, are sung by the Temple Israel Quartet, led by Temple Israel Music Director Herbert Fromm.

As the Sisterhood reported to the Board of Trustees on December 20th, the show was “a thrilling experience for the children, and many viewers…called to say that they were impressed with the beauty of that ceremony, and with the entire program presented by our rabbi.”

This, and more than 400 other audio recordings of services, sermons, and events from 1934-1979, have recently been digitized by the Temple Israel Archives as part of a Recordings at Risk grant project sponsored by the Council on Library and Information Resources. When the project is complete, free streaming access to these recordings will be available.

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