Chanukah

Chanukah is our festival of lights, a beautiful celebration of light triumphing over darkness. For eight nights we light the chanukiah to commemorate the miracle that occurred when the Holy Temple was desecrated and later rededicated in Jerusalem. Together with our loved ones, we celebrate strength, resilience, hope, and healing. For all eight nights of Chanukah, Temple Israel sparks light into our homes, communities, and the world.  

Chanukah Events


TILLI Latke Competition and Chanukah Party

Date

December 15, 2022

Time

11:30am - 1:00pm

Join us at 11:30 AM online or onsite in Levi Auditorium for TILLI’s Chanukah Party and Latke Competition!…

Chanukah: The Festival of Lights at MFA Boston

Date

December 15, 2022

Time

5:00pm - 10:00pm

Temple Israel of Boston is joining JArts for the annual Chanukah celebration at the Museum of Fine Art,…

Chanukah 101

Date

December 15, 2022

Time

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Chanukah is a time for lighting candles, spinning dreidel, and eating latkes.  But what do all of the…

Chanukah Shabbat Mishpachah

Date

December 16, 2022

Time

5:15pm - 8:00pm

 5:15 Family Dinner before the Qabbalat Shabbat service and 6 pm Chanukah music themed Shabbat service with dessert…

Tent Chanukah Party

Date

December 19, 2022

Time

5:45pm - 8:45pm

All teens are welcome for a night of friend food and fun from 5:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Religious School Candle Lighting

Date

December 20, 2022

Time

5:45pm - 6:00pm

Family candle lighting and music from 5:45-6 pm.

Riverway Project Chanukah Celebration

Date

December 20, 2022

Time

8:00pm - 10:00pm

Happy Chanukah! The Riverway Project and 18Doors invite you to an evening of cocktails, mocktails, sufganiyot (donuts), latkes (potato…

Religious School Candle Lighting

Date

December 22, 2022

Time

5:45pm - 6:00pm

Family candle lighting and music from 5:45-6 pm.

Musical Chanukah Havdalah

Date

December 24, 2022

Time

6:00pm - 6:30pm

Gather online for a joyful and musical celebration led by Temple Israel clergy as we light up the…

Chanukah Resources

Chanukah Blessings

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיווְצִוָּנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל חֲנֻכָּה

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav

v’tsivanu l’hadlik ner shel Chanukah

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who hallows us with mitzvot,

commanding us to kindle the Chanukah lights

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁעָשָׂה נִסִּים לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם בִּזְּמַן הַזֶּה

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, she-asah nisim laavoteinu v’imoteinu

bayamim hahaeim baz’man hazeh

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who performed wondrous deeds

for our ancestors in days of old at this season

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲדֹנָי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם שֶׁהֶחֱיָנוּ וְקִיְּמָנוּ וְהִגִּיעָנוּ לִזְּמַן הַזֶּה

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, shehecheyanu v’kiy’manu v’higiyanu laz’man hazeh

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who has kept us alive, sustained us,

and brought us to this season

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