Best Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In Cleveland

December 7, 2012 6:00 AM

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The Jewish holiday Hanukkah or “The Festival of Lights” begins on the evening of Dec. 8 and continues through sundown Dec. 16. Although much of the holiday is celebrated at home, events around Cleveland celebrate this Jewish holiday and Jewish culture. Throughout the week, celebrate with the area’s Jewish community at the best places to observe Hanukkah in Cleveland this year.

PNC Holiday Rainbow-Music of Chanukah Concert
Temple Tifereth Israel
2600 Shaker Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122
(216) 831-3233

Price: $7
Hours: Dec. 9 – 12:30 p.m. 

Members of the renowned Cleveland Orchestra will perform two concerts at Temple Tifereth Israel in Beachwood for the PNC Musical Rainbow concerts. These are special holiday concerts with performances of Jewish traditional music, and will feature Carolyn Warner on violin and piano, Stephen Warner on violin and Kathryn Wolf Sebo as cantor. Tickets are not available online, so call the Severance Hall ticket office for tickets. PNC Musical Rainbow concerts help bring musical education and stories to children and young people.

Hanukkah Candle Lighting
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Road
Beachwood, OH  44122
(216) 593-0575

Price: free
Hours: Dec 12 – 5:30 p.m.

Join the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in lighting the Hanukkah menorah. This has become a tradition at the Maltz Museum each year for the Hanukkah holiday. This free event will last roughly 30 minutes, and participants may also enjoy singing traditional Jewish songs. There will also be gift items for purchase with free gift wrapping. Participants are encouraged to bring a snack to share with the group.

Live Music-No Exit New Music Ensemble perform Music for an Exhibition
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

2929 Richmond Road
Beachwood, OH  44122
(216) 593-0575

Price: $14/$12 museum members
Hours: Dec. 12 – 7 p.m.

A special concert will be held at The Maltz Museum after the menorah lighting featuring Timothy Beyer and members of the No Exit New Music Ensemble. The music performance will include songs written by Israeli and Jewish composers and inspired by the exhibition “Israeli Arts & Culture featuring Bezalel on Tour” that is now showing at the museum. This exhibition will run until Jan. 13, 2013. Advance tickets are available.

Related: 2012 Cleveland Holiday Theater Preview

Chanukah Family Shabbat Service
Temple Israel Ner Tamid

1732 Lander Road
Mayfield Hts, OH 44124
(440) 473-5120

Price: free
Hours: Dec. 14 – 7:30 p.m.

Celebrate Hanukkah in a more traditional fashion at Temple Israel Ner Tamid with a religious service. After worship, members of the congregation are welcome to join in games such as dreidal and enjoy refreshments, including latkes. Families of mixed religions are welcome at this temple and encouraged to join the celebration. Please visit the website for a calendar of other Hanukkah services, including the lighting of the menorah.

8th Night of Chanukah Event
Bellefaire JCB
22001 Fairmount Blvd.
Shaker Heights, OH 22001
(216) 932-6152

Price: donation
Hours: Dec. 16 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This event benefits Kids Count in the Campaign for Jewish Needs. Activities will include crafts, games, stories, music and snacks. This event will also feature teacher Debbie Friedman from the Mandel JCC. Participants may register online for this event and learn how to make a Tzedakah box to add money to each week to donate to the community. These boxes may be donated to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

Related: Best Kosher Food In Cleveland

Marcia Hudgel is a writer, yoga teacher, wife, mother to her animals and aunt to 10 nieces and nephews living in Cleveland, OH. She writes about family, animals and yoga and her work can be found on

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