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Hanukkah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7th, 2023 and goes until Friday, December 15th, 2023.
Join Temple Israel for these great community Hanukkah celebrations!
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Below, see our 2022 events. Watch for updates for 2023!
Temple Israel Portsmouth Community comes together each night to light our “Hands of Hope” Menorah created by sculptor Sumner Winebaum in the Courtyard.
In case of inclement weather, candle lighting will take place indoors, in the Shmoozatorium.
Night #1, Sunday, December 18th, 5:30pm, led by Shelley Hartz
Night #2, Monday, December 19th, 5:30pm, led by Fran Berman
Night #3, Tuesday, December 20th, 5:30pm
Night #4, Wednesday, December 21st, 5:00pm, indoors in Social Hall – led by the Hebrew School as part of Community Hanukkah Celebration – registration not required!
Night #5, Thursday, December 22nd, 5:30pm – Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman will lead an interfaith group in prayer and song.
Night #6, Friday, December 23rd, 3:30pm – Tot Shabbat & Family Candle Lighting, led by Rabba Kaya. Please register.
Night #7, Saturday, December 24th, 5:30pm – Havdalah followed by Hanukkah candle lighting, dinner & a movie! Please register.
Night #8, Sunday, December 25th, 5:30pm
Sunday, December 18th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
10 Middle Street, Portsmouth
Families with young children are invited to attend a special Hanukkah story hour hosted by the Seacoast African American Cultural Center in conjunction with their exhibit about community holiday traditions. Congregants Fran Berman (guitar) and Deborah Levine (flute) will read a story and play some Hanukkah songs! Temple Israel has contributed a tabletop display to the exhibit. All are welcome to attend! This event takes place at the Discover Portsmouth center, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth.
Questions? Please contact Deborah Levine, email@example.com.
Wednesday, December 21st | 5:00pm
Please join us for latkes, dreidels, music with Lisa Lipkin and Jay Hitt, and a massive group candle lighting. Bring your favorite Hanukkiah and candles and enjoy Hanukkah in community.
Help us bring the light to Chanukah with a card exchange! We’re looking for PJ families who are interested in sending a card to Jewish Seniors in New Hampshire. Draw a picture, write a card or use this PJ Library downloadable card template – it’s up to you! You will receive a card back in return.
For more resources on celebrating the holiday, visit the PJ Library Holiday Hub!