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Hanukkah Events


Saturday, December 10 • PJCC
5:30 Havdalah & Hanukkah Candlelighting; 6:00 pm Outdoor Glow Party

Get a head start on Hanukkah with an evening full of dancing, family games and activities, and light & bright Hanukkah fun! We’ll start the festivities in Hamlin Garden by celebrating havdalah, lighting Hanukkah candles, and singing all your favorite Hanukkah songs.

Then, we’ll light up Shalom Field with a glow party you won’t want to miss. Warm things up as you show your best moves on the dance floor along with our super-special guest DJ & MC, KAGZ Entertainment. Show your sporty side with our game of Go, Glow Gaga. Stay toasty and active with all kinds of awesome activities. And kids: Put on your most jammin’ PJs and take part in our Pajama Fashion Show!

And what’s a party without food: We’ll have latkes (naturally) and pizza to fuel all the fun we’ll have together.

Thank you to our event contributors: KAGZ Entertainment, PJ Library Bay Area, Tkiya Music, and Wornick Jewish Day School.

Learn more and sign up here.

Hanukkah Storytime Around Town

Join Rabbi Laurie up and down the Peninsula for festive, family-friendly reading and singing to get in the Hanukkah spirit. Each event is free and drop-in in a different neighborhood — join for one or all! Geared to ages 1-7 and their families. No registration is needed for these events. Questions? Email jewishlife@pjcc.org

Foster City Library Storytime Takeover
Thursday, December 15 • 10:30 am • 1000 East Hillsdale Boulevard, Foster City

The Reading Bug San Carlos with Special Guest Jenna Waldman, Author of Larry’s Latkes
Sunday, December 18 • 11:30 am • 785 Laurel Street, San Carlos

Magical Bridge Playground in Collaboration with Morah Ella Potash of Chabad MidPen
Tuesday, December 20 • 3:30 pm • 939 Valota Road, Redwood City

Enjoy the magic of Magical Bridge. Learn more about this unique, inclusive space, and see the rules and FAQs. Please note that storytime will be outdoors, and no food is allowed in Magical Bridge.

Foster City Outdoor Community Candle Lighting and Hanukkah Celebration

Wednesday, December 21 • 7:00 – 8:00 pm • Leo J. Ryan Park Amphitheater, Foster City • Free

Presented by Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Wornick Jewish Day School, PJ Library, and Jewish Family and Children’s Services

You’re invited to community Hanukkah candle lighting! All are welcome, whether it’s your first time celebrating Hanukkah or your 100th. Join the Festival of Light.

Featuring Krispy Kreme Donuts • Dreidels • Music • Latkes • Gelt • Balloons • and More

Thank you for your interest—this event is now at capacity. We invite you to add your name to the waitlist.

Hanukkah Candle Lighting in the PJCC Lobby

Monday, December 19 – Friday, December 23 • 4:00 pm
Join PJCC staff and community as we light the menorah, sing, and gather to celebrate Hanukkah. Allow us to be your family candle-lighting gathering this year.

Stock Up for Hanukkah at the PJCC!
Need supplies for your Hanukkah celebration? We’ve got you covered! We’ll have multicolored candles, dreidels, and milk chocolate gelt available for purchase at the Front Desk.

Looking for a very special gift? Visit the display of jewelry, menorahs, and more, created by our current Artist-in-Residence, Lynn Rae Lowe (available for purchase at lynnraelowe.com). Art in the gallery is also available for sale or commission.

More Hanukkah Events in the Community

Peninsula Temple Sholom Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

Sunday, December 4 and 11 • 9:30 am – 1:00 pm • Peninsula Temple Sholom (655 Sebastian Dr., Burlingame)
Shop, nosh, drink, socialize and shop some more for all of your Hanukkah needs. Learn more here.

Congregation Beth Jacob Hanukkah Festival

Sunday, December 4 • 11:00 am – 2:00 pm • Congregation Beth Jacob (1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, Redwood City)
Latkes, jelly doughnuts, jumpy houses, Andy Z, games, and time to schmooze with friends all await at this festival. All ages welcome! The PJCC is a proud co-sponsor of this event. Learn more here.

Wornick Jewish Day School Hanukkah Concert and Party With Isaac Zones

Sunday, December 18 • 10:00 – 11:30 am • Wornick Jewish Day School (800 Foster City Blvd, Foster City)
Don’t miss this morning of Hanukkah-themed activities and a performance featuring Isaac Zones! Ideal for children ages 3 to 5 and their families. Advance registration required by Wednesday, December 14 at 12:00 pm; sign up here. Co-sponsored by PJ Library.

Peninsula Temple Beth El Hanukkah Community Concert

Sunday, December 18 • 3:00 – 4:30 pm • 1700 Alameda de las Pulgas, San Mateo
Enjoy an outdoor concert featuring Cantor Elana and Saul Kaye and the band, a magic show featuring Mr. Shap, dreidel games, latkes and sufganiyot, menorah lighting, and more. Get more details and RSVP here.

Chabad MidPen 13th Annual Community Hanukkah Festival

Sunday, December 18 • 4:15 pm • Courthouse Square (2200 Broadway St., Redwood City)
Chabad MidPen invites you to a festival filled with latkes, donuts, crafts, moon bounces, music, and more! Plus a NorCal first: Watch “Ankor” graffiti the menorah… live! Learn more and RSVP here.

Chabad North Peninsula Presents: Hanukkah in Burlingame

Sunday, December 18 • 5:30 – 6:30 pm
Help build the LEGO menorah! Plus: Live performance by the Saul Kaye Band, hot latkes & jelly donuts, firetruck gelt drop, grand LEGO menorah lighting, and more. RSVP required; location provided after registration.

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