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Celebrate Hanukkah in Westchester at These Joyous Events

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The festival of lights kicks off with Hanukkah happenings in Westchester, including menorah lightings, family fun, and plenty of latkes.

Happy Hanukkah to all our fellow latke lovers here in Westchester! Festivities are all lined up this year with the first night of Hanukkah arriving at sundown on December 18. To celebrate, Westchester gears up with two weeks of fun ways to mark the festival of lights.

Chanukah 2022

Temple Israel of New Rochelle, New Rochelle
December 15-23

For a more adult-focused evening, swing by Temple Israel of New Rochelle for Latkes & Vodkas. The returning favorite on December 15 is sort of like getting together with all your favorite relatives to enjoy a holiday dinner.

Temple Israel of New Rochelle’s official Chanukah Fest is on December 18. There will be arts and crafts for the kids and even a bouncy house for those five and above. Families with children five and under will be able to attend from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., and families with children five and above can attend form 1:30-3:30 p.m.. On Tuesday, December 20, the temple will hold a candle lighting and Chanukah sing-along followed by a Chinese dinner at 6 p.m. The deadline to sign up for this event is Tuesday, December 13; RSVP on the website. Head to the Temple’s website for the full list of festive events.

Chanukah Shabbat Celebration (in-person and livestream)

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester, Rye
December 16, 7-8 p.m. 

Congregation Emanu-El of Westchester in Rye will host its Shabbat Service Menorah Lighting both in person and via Zoom. The event is “B.Y.O.M.” or “Bring Your Own Menorah,” where guests can light their treasured family menorahs on the bima surrounded by congregants, joyful music, and also much light and merriment. Shabbat dinner costs $15 for children, $20 for adults, and $60 for the whole family.

Menorah Lighting

Ridge Hill, Yonkers
December 18, 4-6 p.m.

Celebrate the first night of Hanukkah at Ridge Hill with a traditional Menorah lighting ceremony. Celebrate with activities for all ages and scrumptious Hanukkah treats. The Yonkers Fire Department will make it rain chocolate gelt during the Gelt Drop, so be sure to grab all the chocolate you can!


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Hanukkah Celebration & Hastings Flea

JCC, 371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown
December 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The JCC and Hastings Flea are coming together to present a day full of holiday festivities. Start your morning by shopping around for the perfect holiday gift. Then, stick around for the children’s puppet show and crafts, sweet treats, and the community Menorah lighting at 2 p.m.


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Night of Light

Temple Shaaray Tefila, Bedford
December 18, 5-8 p.m.

Head to Temple Shaaray Tefila in Bedford for a Night of Light celebration. The evening will include food, Hanukkah arts and crafts, telescopes for viewing the lights above, and music.

Menorah Lighting

Cross County Center, Yonkers
December 19, 6-8 p.m.

Join the Chabad of Yonkers in lighting the Menorah this year at the Cross County Center. Guests can expect live music, cultural dancing, and treats. The lighting is happening near H&M.

Stories & Stuff: Hanukkah

White Plains Public Library, White Plains
December 21, 4:30 p.m.

This is an event for all the young Hanukkah celebrators ages 2-6. The White Plains Public Library will hold a story time and read books about Hanukkah. After the stories, each kid will be able to create a tissue paper menorah to take home.

Menorah Lighting

Gateway Shopping Center, Port Chester
December 21, 5:30 p.m.

Join the Village of Port Chester in the courtyard at the Gateway Shopping Center for a lighting of the menorah. Rabbi Ben Goldberg and Cantor Alexis K. Sklar from Congregation KTI will be in attendance. Refreshments will be provided by Whole Foods.

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