Hanukkah at Home

Blessings when lighting the Hanukkiah:

Schedule of Services and Special Programs

Thursday Dec. 10: First night

Town of Yorktown candle lighting, 6:00 PM

Friday Dec. 11: Erev Shabbat and second night

Family-Friendly HCS Shabbat and Hanukkah Celebration, 6:00 PM

Saturday Dec. 12: Shabbat Hanukkah

Shabbat Hanukkah morning service, 10:00 AM
Special guest Torah Study with Maggid Charna, 11:30 AM

Sunday Dec. 13: Third day, fourth night

Hebrew School Hanukkah talent show – all are welcome, 11:00 AM
Candle lighting and story with Israeli Ethiopian Belaynesh Mekonen, 1:00 PM
Somers Menorah lighting, 6:00 PM

Tuesday Dec. 15: Sixth night

Kesher Congregations Presents Hanukkapalooza!, 6:00 PM

Please check here for many Northern Westchester Hanukkah offerings in addition to the highlights above.
Non-members are welcome to attend any and all of our Hanukkah programs on Zoom.

Advance registration is required, at least 24 hours before each event.


Other events are either in-person or require registration with some other organization. Please see details below.

Town of Yorktown candlelighting

Thursday December 10, 6:00 PM

Jack DeVito Gazebo (near Yorktown Stage). Rabbi Shosh will be there!

Family-Friendly HCS Shabbat and Hanukkah Celebration

Friday December 11, 6:00 PM

Family-Friendly Shabbat and Hanukkah singing, then light up your family's hanukkiah for night #2! Jill will be telling a story then leading by a Hanukkah-themed dance party!

Shabbat Hanukkah Morning Service and Torah Study

Saturday December 12
  • Shabbat-Hanukkah service, 10:00 AM
  • Special guest Torah Study with Maggid Charna, 11:30 AM

Maggid Charna Rosenholtz is in her twenty-ninth year of weekly Torah study, facilitating since 2005. She brings a profound understanding of Torah's relevance to daily life - that taps into the practical as well as the deeply spiritual. Drawing upon a broad reading of the great Rabbinic and Kabbalistic masters, she plumbs the depths of the Hebrew language as a holy vehicle for the transmission of Torah wisdom. Through a lens that everyone has something to say, learning is participatory and interactive with every attendant invited to bring creativity of thought and personal understanding to the process of revealing Torah's messages.

Charna will share her approach to Torah learning and facilitate a participatory study of the Torah portion. No previous experience necessary! This handout outlines her approach.

Maggid Charna is a senior status rabbinic student with Aleph Ordination Program and will ordain in January 2021. She teaches nationally, and resides in Boulder, CO. Find out more about her on her website.

Hebrew School Hanukkah Talent Show

Sunday December 13, 11:00 AM

All are welcome!

Candle lighting and story with Israeli Ethiopian Belaynesh Mekonen

Sunday December 13, 1:00 PM

We will have the privilege to light the 4th candle of the Menorah with Belaynesh Mekonen, Israeli Ethiopian who will share her special Aliya story and warm up our Hanukkah days. The program is part of the UJA 8 nights of Hannukkah across Northern Westchester and it is free of charge. See flyer.

The program will start with a interactive Menorah lighting ceremony followed by Belaynesh’s story.

Pre-registration for the event is required via this link.

Somers Menorah Lighting

Sunday December 13, 6:00 PM

The Elephant Hotel, 335 Route 202. Rabbi Shosh will be there!

Kesher Congregations Presents Hanukkapalooza!

Tuesday December 15, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

This virtual event, organized by seven northern congregations, including HCS, has something for everyone! Games, songs, and candle lighting for kids. Following some family fun, adult learners can study together. Lastly, be a contestant in a game show “Hanukkah: True or False?” You won’t want to miss it!

All are welcome. Program details are here. The Zoom links will be sent to HCS members. For more information and for non-HCS members to register for the Zoom links, please email Rabbi Laurie Gold.