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Share the light. Hanukkah is celebrated during the darkest time of the year precisely to remind us that there is always light within each of us.

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Each night of the holiday, we ceremoniously light the menorah — but we also ignite our very own inner glow as we remember and relive the victory of a small group over a seemingly insurmountable force. We recall the moment, nearly two-thousand years ago, when a small flask of oil exceeded every expectation and lit up the ancient Temple in Jerusalem — not just for one day, but a full eight nights. It goes to show that hope and faith don’t just flicker; they flare on and on.

Inspired by the tradition of placing the hanukkiyah in a window or doorway for all passersby to see, Hanukkah celebrations have evolved into major events for public celebration of Jewish culture.

Hanukkah begins at sunset, December 18 // Observed December 18 – 26, 2022

Man and children play game at Ghirardelli popup
Person lights the hanukkiyah
December 2022
Mon
5

Jewish Life

Hanukkah Coat Drive

Date
Monday, December 5 – Friday, December 23
Time
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Help keep families warm by donating new or lightly used coats during the month of December.
Tue
6

Jewish Life

ArtBash Your Way: Hanukkah

Date
Tue, December 6
Time
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Get ready to break open your ArtKit for a unique art experience with your loved ones. This project is geared for ages 4 – 12 and open to all!
Sun
18

Arts & Ideas

Glowing Hanukkah Pop-Up at Ghirardelli Square

Date
Sun, December 18
Time
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Join us at the iconic Ghirardelli Square to celebrate the Festival of Lights at our 5th annual glowing Hanukkah party.
Mon
19

Fitness

8 Fun Fitness Workouts for Hanukkah

Date
Monday, December 19 – Friday, December 23
Time
12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Our eight festive and well-rounded workout routines will get your mind and body ready to enjoy the holiday celebrations!
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Members Free | Public $30-$45
Mon
19

Jewish Life

Hanukkah Candle Lighting

Date
Monday, December 19 – Friday, December 23
Time
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Share the light of Hanukkah as we light the community hanukkiyah together in the JCCSF Atrium.
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Free
Tue
20

Arts & Ideas

60+ Hanukkah Luncheon: Rejoice in the Light

Date
Tue, December 20
Time
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
At this festive holiday celebration we’re ramping up that special light within each of us to shine brightly as we dispel the darkness of the season.

Share the Light

Even though Hanukkah has come and gone, you can still revel in the light all year long! Enjoy our Spotify soundtrack filled with spirited songs that serve as a reminder of the courage, strength and light around us and within us.

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