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Chanukah at the JCC!

November 28, 2021

Get ready for CHANUKAH!
begins on the evening of Sunday, November 28

Chanukah, an eight-day holiday, commemorates the re-dedication of the Jerusalem Temple by Judah the Maccabee in the second century B.C.E., when Syrian King Antiochus used force to impose Greek religion on the people of Israel. This caused an uprising led by Judah the Maccabee and a small band of poorly armed Jews who succeeded in overcoming Antiochus’s forces. Once the Maccabees prevailed, they entered the desecrated Temple and found an untainted jar of oil sufficient to light the Temple lamp for only one day. But a miracle occurred and that small amount of oil lasted for eight days. To commemorate that miracle, we light a Chanukah menorah for eight nights and eat foods cooked in oil.

Eight Nights of Lights – All About the Chanukah Menorah: Learn more HERE


For all in-person events:
Proof of vaccination is required for ages 12+ if not previously provided to and recorded by the JCC.
Masks are required.

Squirrel Hill

Saturday, December 4: JCC’s Chanukah Celebration: Light Up Night 7
  • 4:30 pm  Activities including Crafts, Games & Sufganiyot
  • 5:25 pm  Havdalah (Forbes Avenue Menorah in front of the JCC)
  • Chanukah Candle Lighting right after Havdalah

Please bring a new unwrapped toy to be distributed through the Christian Church of Wilkinsburg for our neighbors who celebrate Christmas. Accepting toys for all ages and interests.

Free & Open to All


For more info, contact Rachael Speck: [email protected]


South Hills

Come by the South Hills JCC for a week of Chanukah Activities!

Monday-Friday, November 29-December 3, 4-6 pm

  • Monday, November 29: Mensch on the Bench
  • Tuesday, November 30: Cooking with (Emma Kaufmann) Camp
  • Wednesday, December 1: A Wheely Fun Activity
  • Thursday, December 2: Chanukah Harry’s Crafty Creation
  • Friday, December 3: Decorate the Dreidel!

Contact: Emma Litwak [email protected]


Sunday, December 5: PJ Library Presents The Ninth Night in Our Neighborhood
Home to Home: Celebrations of Jewish Life

In Person and On Zoom
For details and registration, click HERE

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