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Hanukkah 2020 @ Your J


Share in a virtual celebration of Hanukkah, including the lighting of the largest outdoor menorah in Western Massachusetts and a festive community concert. This year, Hanukkah begins at sundown on December 10 and runs through December 18.

The J’s Hanukkah programming includes:

First Light, Virtual Edition
Thursday, December 10, 5:30 PM

Celebrate the light and miracle of the first night of Hanukkah! Join us for virtual community candle lighting and singing as the Springfield JCC “livestreams” the lighting of the largest outdoor menorah in Western Massachusetts.

Virtual Concert: A Community Celebration of Hanukkah
Saturday, December 12, 7:00 PM

Join us virtually on the third night of Hanukkah for Havdalah, menorah lighting, and a festive concert with musician Deborah Sacks Mintz, a leading voice in the Jewish music soundscape. Pre-registration is required. Click here to register for the concert:

Programs are free and open to the community. First Light is sponsored by the Springfield JCC and supported by the Sklar Family. The Virtual Concert is co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, Temple Beth El, Sinai Temple, and Camp Laurelwood. For more information about the J’s Hanukkah programs, call 413-739-4715 or email

The Story of Hanukkah

Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates the Jewish people’s rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a successful revolt. As part of the rededication, the Jews needed to light the Temple’s menorah, but they had only enough oil to last one day, and it would take eight days to prepare more oil. Miraculously, the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days. The miracle of the oil is commemorated with this eight-day candle-lighting holiday.