Hanukkah begins at sundown on Sunday, November 28th, 2021. 

Hanukkah Happenings

Join Temple Israel for these great community Hanukkah celebrations!

Hanukkah Musical Adventure

Wednesday, December 1st | 4:45pm – 6:00pm
In Person in the Temple Israel Social Hall

Join us for a musical Hanukkah experience led by the award-winning Carla Friend, Founder and Executive Director of Tkiya. We’ll be celebrating the Festival of Lights with singing, dancing, stories, puppets, and more! We hope you’ll come ready to participate in an interactive telling of the Hanukkah story.

Co-sponsored by PJ Library. All are welcome but attendance is limited. Kindly register so we can plan for the sufganiyot!


Interfaith Candle Lighting

Thursday, December 2nd | 5:30pm
In Person Outdoors at the Temple Israel courtyard

Please join us in the temple courtyard on the fifth night of Hanukkah to light candles in the “Hands of Hope” menorah.

Kabbalat Shabbat Service with Kochava Munro

Friday, December 3rd | 6:00pm
In Person in the Temple Israel Sanctuary and on Zoom

Cantorial Soloist Kochava Munro joins Rabba Kaya in a musical Hanukkah / Shabbat service. Engaging and fun for all ages!


PJ Library Presents: Donuts with Dinah

Sunday, December 5th | 9:00am
via Zoom

Join Temple Israel member and new Jewish Federation of New Hampshire program coordinator Dinah Berch for a virtual jelly donut muffin baking class over Zoom, perfect for the last day of Chanukah!

Visit the Jewish Federation of New Hamsphire to register for Zoom link.

Download the recipe (PDF). Email Dinah Berch with questions about dairy or gluten free alternatives!


Chanukah On Ice

Sunday, December 5th | 2:00pm
In Person at Labrie Family Skate at Strawbery Banke, Portsmouth

The Seacoast Chabad Jewish Center Presents: Chanukah on Ice! Join for skating to Jewish music, lighting of a giant menorah, donuts & chocolate gelt, arts and crafts and more. Registration required at jewishseacoast.com/ice

Sponsored in part by Temple Israel Portsmouth and by the Bernstein Foundation.

Register for Chanukah On Ice

From the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire

Join the Chanukah Card Exchange

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.

The deadline for the Chanukah Card Exchange has now passed, but please feel free to use the card template to send your own Chanukah Cards!

Finding The Spirit of Celebration

Guest post by Dinah Berch, PJ Library Program Coordinator, Jewish Federation of New Hampshire & Temple Israel Member
November 17, 2021

My playlist is slowly shifting over from “Zombie Jamboree” and “Monster Mash” to Daveed Diggs’ “A Puppy for Hanukkah” and  Six13’s “Arianukah”. My kids’ snacks mutate from leftover candy to donut muffins. The skeletons go back into the garage until next year and the blue and gold window clings come out. My kids are especially proud of their electric menorah that lives in their 2nd floor window. Read More…

PJ Library Hanukkah Hub

For more resources on celebrating the holiday, visit the PJ Library Holiday Hub!