DC Chanukah Happenings 5777!

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Graphic courtesy of Webweavers

The multi-holiday season is upon us; weather is occasionally fluctuating towards the cold, and people are counting the days, if they’re not there already, until they get a little time off from work or school. It’s time to fry those latkes and kindle the Chanukah lights! Local Jewish groups are rolling out the red carpet for this well-known Jewish holiday, which will take place this year from sundown Dec. 24 to sundown Jan. 1. Check these out! Feel free to add more in the comments, and chag sameach.

Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill
Annual young adult shindig sponsored by several Jewish organizations. Bring warm clothing for collection boxes headed to DC homeless community, sponsored by the EDCJCC.
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 6 pm, Capitol Lounge and Hawk N’ Dove

Chanukah at the Ellipse
American Friends of Lubavitch starts off the holiday season with this annual ceremony on the White House lawn.
Sunday, Dec. 25, 4 pm, the Ellipse

Community Chanukah Lighting
Family friendly inclusion & disabilities programming event, featuring lighting the menorah, eating Chanukah foods, spinning the dreidel, and more!
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 6:30 pm, EDCJCC

Hanukkah’s Extra Flame
Adas Israel, the EDJCC and other organizations team up with Sephardic Heritage in DC to provide a holiday concert, featuring internationally recognized Syrian opera singer, Lubana Al Quantar. The event will also center around relief efforts.
Wednesday, Dec. 28, 7 pm, Adas Israel

Adas Israel Hanukkah Events
Featuring info about observance, themed community events and more.

Check out more events for young professionals provided by Gather The Jews here!

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DC Chanukah Happenings 5775!

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The winter season is upon us- the weather is occasionally colder and icier, and people begin to count the days until they get a little time off from work or school. Why not warm yourself by the kindling Chanukah lights? Local Jewish groups are getting ready to roll out the red carpet for this well-known religious holiday, which will take place this year from sundown Dec. 16 to sundown Dec. 24.
Check these out!

DCJCC Chanukah Party
Drop by the DCJCC for family fun, including a moon bounce, games, crafts and more!
Sunday, December 14, 10 am, $10-$15

Chanukah at the Ellipse
American Friends of Lubavitch starts off the holiday season with this annual ceremony on the White House lawn
Tuesday, December 16, 4 pm, tickets required

Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill
Annual young adult shindig sponsored by several Jewish organizations, this year at both Capitol Lounge, and Hawk and Dove. Collection boxes at both sites for donations to local charity.
Tuesday, December 16, 6 pm, free

Festival of the Daughters
Sixth & I brings Rabbi Sarah Tasman to Not Your Bubbe’s Sisterhood to talk about the Book of Judith and the North African tradition, Chag HaBanot, for honoring her, and Jewish women everywhere.
Wednesday, December 17, 7 pm, $10-$12

Chanu-Comedy: A Festival of Laughs
Stop by Sixth & I for an amusing show featuring Rachel Bloom and Danny Jolles.
Saturday, December 20, 8 pm, $20-$23

DC Chanukah Happenings 5772!

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Graphic courtesy of Kaboose, Inc.

The winter season is upon us- the weather turns cold and icy and people begin to count the days until they get a little time off from work or school. Why not warm yourself by the kindling Chanukah lights? Local Jewish groups are getting ready to roll out the red carpet for this well-known religious holiday, which will take place this year from sundown Dec. 20 to sundown Dec. 27.
Check these out!

Chanukah at the Ellipse
American Friends of Lubavitch starts off the holiday season with this annual ceremony on the White House lawn
Tuesday, December 20, 4 pm, tickets required

8 Nights of Chanukah
Drop by the DCJCC every night to light the menorah and see what else is in store!
Tuesday, December 20-Tuesday, December 27, 5:30 pm

National Museum of American Jewish Military History Chanukah Celebration
Focusing on the Maccabees and their military victory, plus food!
Tuesday, December 20, 6:30-8 pm

Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill
Annual young adult shindig sponsored by several Jewish organizations, held at The Pour House
Tuesday, December 20, 6:30-9:30 pm, $5

Gala Chanukah Mesiba
Greater Washington Community Kollel features a parenting speech and magic show!
Tuesday, December 20, 7:15-9 pm

Synagogue Chanukah Celebrations for Wednesday, December 21:
Ohr Kodesh
5-8 pm
Tifereth Israel
6-8 pm

Synagogue Chanukah Celebrations for Thursday, December 22:
Olam Tikvah
9:30-11 am
B’nai Tzedek
4:30-6 pm

Latkes and Learning
Sixth & I hosts religious study over Chanukah foods for young professionals
Thursday, December 22, 7 pm, $8

Synagogue Chanukah Celebrations for Friday, December 23:
B’nai Tzedek
6:30-8 pm
Temple Emanuel
6:30-9 pm

Good for the Jews: Putting the Ha! In Hanukkah
Uproarious Jewish duo is at it again, poking fun at and celebrating Judaism in this comedy/musical sketch
Saturday, December 24, 8-10 pm, $10-$24

Synagogue Chanukah Celebrations for Sunday, December 25:

Jewish Community of Northern Virginia

11 am-3 pm
B’nai Tzedek
3-7 pm
Ohr Kodesh
7-9 pm

Festival of Lights, Latkes and Family Fun!
The annual AishDC party includes events catered towards kids and teens.
Sunday, December 25, 4-6 pm, Free for members, $10 for non-members, $36 max per family

Kesher Kids Chanukah Mitzvah Party
Children’s mitzvah project followed by pizza, latkes and sufganiyot!
Sunday, December 25, 5-6:30 pm

Upcoming Events: September 19-25

Shavua Tov! Below, I’ve compiled a list of Jewish events I’ve found to be going on next week. Please feel free to comment with any others, and I will add them. See you around town!

Find your High Holiday classes below!
https://jewishdc.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/high-holiday-classes-5772/

Monday, September 19

Middle East Forum with Elliot Abrams, David Makovsky and Amos Yadlin
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/868689660?view=Detail&id=104922

Har Shalom Parent/Child Playgroup
jconnect

Melton Year 2 Class: Ethics and Dramas of Jewish Living
jconnect

Gesher JDS Parlor Meeting
jconnect

An Evening with Mike Nussbaum: Star of Stage and Screen
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1885591374?view=Detail&id=129221

Tuesday, September 20

Training: Tools for Multilingual Organizing
http://www.jufj.org/event/training_tools_multilingual_organizing

Town Hall Meeting: Fund our Communities, Bring the War Dollar Home
http://www.jufj.org/event/town_hall_meeting_fund_our_communities_bring_war_dollars_home

Admiral Mike Mullen
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=663&dispDt=9/20/2011%207:30:00%20PM

Tikkun Olam: Community Needs Assessment Program
jconnect

Jewish Primary Day School: Sixth Annual Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Lecture
jconnect

Journeys to a Jewish Life: Inspiring Stories from the Spiritual Journeys of American Jews
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/137663934?view=Detail&id=129142

Saving the World: Celebrating 50 Years of the Peace Corps
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/137663934?view=Detail&id=129461

Wednesday, September 21

The G-d Project
http://www.jufj.org/event/g_d_project_dcjcc

CNHED Training in the Continuum of Housing Campaign
http://www.jufj.org/event/cnhed_training_continuum_housing_campaign

Bobby Flay
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=641&dispDt=9/21/2011%207:30:00%20PM

JCRC Policy Forum on Public and Nonpublic Education
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/868689660?view=Detail&id=104861

American Friends of Lubavich Annual Benefit
jconnect

Thursday, September 22

ImpactDC
http://www.birthrightisrael.com/site/Calendar/584130692?view=Detail&id=213321&whence=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.birthrightisrael.com%2Fsite%2FPageServer%3Fpagename%3Dnext_local_dc_calendar

Middle East Forum with Jonathan Schnazer, Aaron David Miller and U.S. Rep. Ben Cardin
http://www.jcouncil.org/site/Calendar/868689660?view=Detail&id=104924

Gesher Jewish Day School Admissions Open House
jconnect

The Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies: New Realities in the Middle East
jconnect

Amit: Fall into fashion for the new year
jconnect

Gallery Opening: One Foot in American: Eugeen Van Mieghem
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/968225839?view=Detail&id=129001

Friday, September 23

Fair Chance Application Deadline
http://www.jufj.org/event/fair_chance_application_deadline

Downtown Shabbat with Larry Paul and Robyn Helzner
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=609&dispDt=9/23/2011%206:45:00%20PM

Theater J: Tea at Two
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/1567183321?view=Detail&id=129206

Saturday, September 24

Temple Shalom: Selichot Coffeehouse and Candlelit Service
jconnect

Beth Ami: Selichot Under the Stars
jconnect

Sunday, September 25

Daedalus String Quartet with Alexander Fiterstein, clarinetist
http://www.jccgw.org/articlenav.php?id=672

Sixth & I Running Club
http://www.sixthandi.org/EventDetails.aspx?evntID=487&dispDt=9/25/2011%2010:00:00%20AM

JCCGW Book Club Monthly Discussion
jconnect

B’nai Tzedek: Campus Confrontation: Case for Israel
jconnect

Machar: Secular Judaism and World Jewry
jconnect

JCCNV: A Tour “Like No Other” of DC
jconnect

Beth Chaverim Welcome Back Picnic
jconnect

Women’s Philanthropy: DC Museums by Night
jconnect

GLOE: Harvesting for the Hungry at Kayam Farm
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/7908798?view=Detail&id=129503

Handmade for the Homeless September 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/7908798?view=Detail&id=129481

Off the Wall: Sharon Ya’ari
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/7908798?view=Detail&id=129022

Common Ground City Farm September 2011
http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar/7908798?view=Detail&id=128949

Around Town for DC Chanukah 5771!

Happy belated Chanukah! A week after the oil has abated and I have a slideshow for you! Featuring events around town, including a Sixth & I/Birthright Jewmongous Chanukah Party, a DCJCC/everyone else Hanukkah Happy Hour on the Hill, and a couple of other surprises! For the first time, embedded straight from Flickr. 😀

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Around town for DC Chanukah!

Chanukah 5770 is winding down…I hope you’ve had fun lighting your menorah, playing with your dreidel and eating the usual fare of Jewish food. 😛 Though largely a home-based holiday, I went around town to see what I could find—from holidays to bazaars, from happy hours to giant menorahs on the White House lawn.

Want to know more? Check out my slideshow below!

(Alas, wordpress still won’t let me embed, so click here to see the show on Flickr)

(A special thanks to all orgs who made my public Chanukah possible, from Young Professional Kesher, DCJCC, American Friends of Lubavitch, and all of the people involved in Happy Hour on the Hill, including B’nai B’rith Young Leadership, Birthright Israel NEXT, J-Fed, The Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning, Sixth & I, YP@AI and WHC 2339! *pants* :P)

Crossposted to The Examiner