Best Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In Cleveland

December 5, 2014 7:00 AM

The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, the festival of lights, is from December 16 to 24 this year. There are many ways to celebrate in Cleveland this December featuring musical concerts, family activities, food, stories, shared traditions and religious dinners and services. Meet up with family and friends at these local events to celebrate this year. For past events in the area, check out: Best Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In Cleveland.

Holiday CircleFest
Western Reserve Historical Society
10825 East Blvd.
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 721-5772

Date: Dec. 7, 2014

The Western Reserve Historical Society gets festive this season in University Circle with Holiday CircleFest. Join in on the fun at this free event that will feature lots of music, activities and fun as area museums and gardens welcome visitors and the holiday spirit. There will also be food and shopping for guests to pick up some gifts. The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage will have a display in the lobby of the Western Reserve Historical Society that will share Chanukah and Jewish traditions with guests along with some live entertainment and treats.

J Family Day Celebrates Chanukah
Mandel Jewish Community Center
26001 South Woodland Rd.
Beachwood, OH 44122
(216) 831-0700

Date: Dec. 14, 2014

This free event at The Mandel JCC will be led by the J’s Early Education Childhood staff. For December, the family day will celebrate the Chanukah holiday with music, stories, arts and crafts and even some physical activity. Along with celebrating Chanukah, lessons on Jewish values will be taught. This event is for children up to the age of five with adult accompaniment and is open to the community.

PNC Musical Rainbows Music Of Chanukah Concert                                                                                                       Temple-Tifereth Israel
26000 Shaker Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122
(216) 231-1111

Date: Dec. 14, 2014

The annual Musical Rainbow Series is endowed by The Pysht Fund and puts its focus on the music of Chanukah on December 14 at Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood. This concert is a wonderful way for children ages three to six to discover traditional Jewish music and listen to Chanukah stories. This fun and festive interactive concert experience features Carolyn Warner on violin and piano, Stephen Warner on violin and Kathryn Wolfe Sebo will be the host and cantor for this event. Tickets are $7 and available through The Cleveland Orchestra box office.

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Friends Of The Maltz Museum Hanukkah Candle Lighting
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
2929 Richmond Rd.
Beachwood, OH 44122
(216) 593-0575

Date: Dec. 17, 2014

Children of all ages are invited to take part in a lighting ceremony at The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. This free event for the family will also feature holiday-themed craft activities and singing. Guests are also welcome to enjoy refreshments at this event. Call the museum to reserve your spot for this longstanding holiday tradition in Cleveland.

Hanukkah Celebration And Rock My Soul Shabbat
The Temple-Tifereth Israel
26000 Shaker Blvd.
Beachwood, OH 44122
(216) 831-3233

Date: Dec. 19, 2014

The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood Hanukkah celebration will feature a holiday craft fair for all ages, a shabbat dinner and an energetic, interactive and moving “Rock My Soul” service following dinner. The service will feature a nine-piece band that will surely get folks in the congregation up dancing and singing. Bring your menorah to dinner and the temple will provide the candles. Reservations are $12 for adults/$8 for children.

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