Hanukkah 2020/5781

Celebrate with PSC and Beyond
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Next Thursday night, we will begin the Festival of Hanukkah. Check out all of the happenings below. A little something for each night. We hope you’ll join us for our kickoff “Hanu-kar” outdoor cinema candle lighting and cinema celebration at the PJCC. RSVP required. Don’t forget to order your free jelly doughnuts by Wednesday at noon. Checkout the awesome Hanukkah Bitmoji (great job Alex putting this together) above for videos, a Hanukkah playlist and more. At the end of the week, join us as we “Illumination” across the country. Finally, each day of Hanukkah, we hope you will enjoy our video series entitled “The Light for our Future” and some amazing songs to help you enter the spirit of the holiday. Looking forward to celebrating the Festival of Lights physically distant, yet spiritually connected.

Schedule of Hanukkah Events

Erev Hanukkah – 1st Candle Thursday night, December 10
Hanu-kar Outdoor Cinema Celebration

PJCC – Peninsula Jewish Community Center, 6-8p (Registration Required)

Join us in your family vehicle for Hanukkah Candle Lighting followed by a screening of “Full Court Miracle,” the inspiring Disney Hanukkah movie sure to delight families of all ages. Parking lot opens at 5:30p, candle lighting and feature film at 6p.

Presented by the PJCC, PJ Library, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Temple Beth El, and Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School.

Registration Required

2nd Candle, Friday, December 11
A Special Shabbat Treat from PSC

Place your order here

What would Hanukkah be without sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts). Since we can’t gather in person to share the sweetness, we are bringing the sweetness to you. Order your choice of half dozen doughnuts by Wednesday, December 9, at noon, and we’ll have them for you to pick up from the PSC parking lot at noon on Friday, just in time for Shabbat and Hanukkah. Just pick your favorite flavor: glazed or raspberry filled. We’ll take care of the rest.

Drive into the parking lot between 12 and 1 pm on Friday and we’ll wish you a Shabbat Shalom, a Happy Hanukkah while we share the sweetness.

Place your order here.

Tot Shabbat and Hanukkah Candle Lighting
Via Zoom, 4p

Tot Shabbat and Hanukkah candle lighting

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Kabbalat Shabbat
Via Zoom, 5p

3rd Candle, Saturday, December 12
Shabbat Morning Services
Via Zoom, 10a

Family Havdalah & Rikkud with Ramah Galim
Via Zoom, 5:30p

Join us immediately after Shabbat for a community wide Havdalah and candle lighting as we begin the 3rd night of Hanukkah. See familiar faces, sing your favorite songs, and see the “virtual windows” of our community illuminated.

Join on Zoom

4th Candle, Sunday, December 13
Contemporary Jewish Museum ArtBash
Via Zoom, 4:30-5:30p (Registration Required)

Free (Kit pickup at the PJCC Thursday, December 10 from 3-6p)

Light up your home just in time for Hanukkah with The CJM’s ArtBash Live! Pick up a free art kit at the PJCC filled with cool supplies and join us virtually to create holiday-themed art projects.

Register today to reserve your kit for pick up in the PJCC parking lot on December 10 from 3-6p. Then, tune in live via Zoom on Sunday, December 13 to create and celebrate with us!

Registration Required

Latka-Pa-Zoom-Sa – Peninsula Community Candle Lighting and Sing-along with Isaac Zones
Via Zoom, 5:30-6p (Registration Required)

Free. Takes place via Zoom. Registration required.

Celebrate the festival of lights with our Peninsula community! Bring a hanukkiah (menorah) to light and join us for a magical Hanukkah sing-along led by the Bay Area’s own Isaac Zones. All ages welcome!

Sponsored by PJCC, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, PJ Library and Oshman Family Jewish Community Center.

Registration Required

Virtual Hanukkah Celebration hosted by the Handelsman Family
Via Zoom, 7p (Registration Required)

As we celebrate the Festival of Lights, welcome the light and joy of camp into your homes as we light the candles together and fill the evening with a fun family game night.

Registration Required

5th and 6th Candles, Monday, December 14 and Tuesday night, December 15
The Fifth Night, A Charitable Giving Celebration
Give today: JFCS, Shalom Bayit, Hebrew Free Loan

Hanukkah is an opportunity to not only bring light into our own lives, but to also share that light with others. On the fifth night of Hanukkah, as you gather to light your candles, consider giving a gift of Tzedakah in an amount comfortable to you to help illuminate the darkness. We’ve included a few Jewish Organizations below or you can give to to one of your choice.

Shalom Bayit
Hebrew Free Loan

Monday night and Tuesday Night Minyan
Via Zoom, 7:15p

Join us Monday night and Tuesday night at 7:15 pm for evening minyan followed by community candle lighting. Enjoy your favorite songs while schmoozing with your PSC friends. B.Y.O.L. (Bring your own latkes).

7th Candle, Wednesday, December 16
Virtual BYOM (B.Y.O.M)
Via Zoom, 6:30p

Though we can’t gather in person like in year’s past, join us for for a communal candle lighting, some singing, and enjoying the brightness of the PSC Community. Hanukkah sweaters are encouraged. After candle lighting and singing, join in a PSC community wide game of Kahoot like you’ve never seen before.

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The Abraham Accords: Bypass or Bridge with the Palestinians?
Part of Z3 2020
Via Zoom, 7-8:30p (Registration Required)

Tickets: $18-$36

The historic Abraham Accords, signed in September by Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, promises to establish normal relations between the three nations, including cooperation in a range of civilian fields. Guided by respected policy analysts David Makovsky and Gaith Al-Omari, we will explore the new reality in the Middle East created by these accords and how this reality will affect the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

This program is part of Z3 2020 , a platform for international conversations on Jewish Peoplehood that transcend political and religious affiliations and elevate our sense of responsibility to each other.

Sponsored by the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, Congregation Beth Jacob, Peninsula Temple Beth El, Peninsula Sinai Congregation, Peninsula Temple Sholom, and The Ronald C. Wornick Jewish Day School. Part of the Z3 Project online event , an initiative of the Oshman Family JCC.

8th Candle, Thursday, December 17
Make the 8th Nigh Bright
Via Zoom, 5:30-6:30p

A National Virtual Hanukkah Celebration

Join Conservative Movement congregations from across the country in this special national candle-lighting and concert with Neshama Carlebach! Come “make the 8th night bright!”

Zoom info:
Meeting ID: 826 1244 2222
Passcode: 4175202

Organized by Congregation Kol Emeth in Palo Alto, CA and cosponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom.

Hanukkah reminds us that we have the power to bring light into any darkness. Join the Conservative Congregations from across the nation as we light our menorahs, share holiday music, and connect with friends in celebration, joy, and unity. Featured guests: Neshama Carlebach, Internationally Acclaimed Singer/Songwriter and A. J. Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author and journalist.