Chanukah 2010 | Events In The Metroplex

Thursday, December 2

Chabad of Plano/Collin County’s Community Menorah Lighting

6:15 p.m.
Join hundreds as Chabad of Plano/Collin County shares the message of the Festival of Lights. New giant balloon menorah, music and games with DJ, light-up menorah necklaces, magazine and gelt for the kids. Kids, bring in a menorah that you made, and you will have a chance to win a Shops at Willow Bend gift card. Two age groups with prizes for each category, ages 3-8 and 9-13. First place, $50 gift card; second place, $25 gift card. Bring your menorah with you to the mall by 6 p.m. the day of the event. Please do not put your name on the menorah; a card with your name will be provided for you. No charge, no RSVP necessary.
Info: 972-596-8270,
First Floor near Macy’s
The Shops at Willow Bend, Plano

Friday, December 3

Shaare Tefilla Chanukah Family Dinner Extravaganza

5 p.m.
A memorable family fun-filled evening, beginning at 5 p.m. with a public menorah lighting, followed by tefillah, Kabbalat Shabbat and a delicious catered dinner. Payment must accompany all reservations. $18/adult, $9/child.
Info/RSVP:, 972-661-0127
Congregation Shaare Tefilla
6131 Churchill Way, Dallas

Temple Emanu-El Chanukah Celebration

6:15 p.m.
At 6:15, Shabbat services and third night congregational candlelighting in the Olan Sanctuary; don’t forget to bring your own chanukiah and four candles. At 7:30, congregational dinner and Chanukah crafts and sing-a-long in Tobian Auditorium. Adult dinner (ages 11 and up), $10; children’s dinner (ages 3-10), $5; children’s dinner is free for ages 2 and under. Also, adult latke bar and brew (ages 21 and up), in Pollman Hall, $10. Complimentary child care available during services for children ages 3 months to 5 years, and during dinner and activities for children ages 3 months to 3 years, by RSVP only. This is also the official kickoff of the 2010 Chanukah mitzvah project benefiting Vickery Meadow. Please bring a new, unwrapped gift ($5 or less). Gift collection starts at the Chanukah celebration and continues through Friday, Dec. 17; please register and volunteer by Tuesday, Nov. 30 at
Info: 214-706-0000
Temple Emanu-El
8500 Hillcrest Road, Dallas

Anshai Torah Shul Chanukah Dinner

6:30 p.m.
Following Kabbalat Shabbat services, the shul will have its traditional Chanukah dinner. Festivities will include games, sing-a-long, food and fun. Prepaid reservations required by Nov. 29; $12/adult, $4/child (ages 4-10); children age 3 and under, free.

Info/reservations: Debbie Butvin, 972-473-7718,
Congregation Anshai Torah
5501 W. Parker Road, Plano
Ner Tamid Dairy Pot Luck Dinner and Services
6:30 p.m. Dinner, 7:30 p.m. Services
Annual Congregation Ner Tamid candlelighting service for the third night of Chanukah.
Info/location: 972-416-9738,

Ner Tamid Chanukah
Shabbat Dinner and Services

6:30 p.m.
Annual dinner and candlelighting service. $15/person; please RSVP.
Info/RSVP:, 972-416-9738
Hilton Garden Inn
4090 Belt Line Road, Addison

Temple Shalom Chanukah Celebration and Consecration

6:30 p.m.
Come celebrate Chanukah with Temple Shalom’s Consecration Class of 2010-2011. Everyone is also cordially invited to Molly Paley’s bat mitzvah on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 10:30 a.m.
Info: 972-661-1810
Temple Shalom
6930 Alpha Road, Dallas

Beth Shalom Congregational Chanukah Dinner and Service

6:30 p.m.
Congregational dinner, followed by erev Shabbat and Chanukah service led by Cantor Sheri Allen. Please call for details.
Info: 817-860-5448
Congregation Beth Shalom
1211 Thannisch Drive, Arlington

Latkes and Vodkas

7:30-11:30 p.m.
An unbelievable Shabbat and Chanukah celebration! Please join for Shabbat services beforehand, then enjoy a special kosher dinner complete with latkes and unlimited vodka. Sample the new Ghost Vodka or other mixings from well-known Mixologist Caterina Miltenberger, known as the “Liquid Chef.” Please bring toiletries to donate to the Austin Street Shelter. Any size toiletries will be accepted, including hotel/travel size. If you contribute, your name will be entered in a raffle to win fabulous prizes. Cost $15, prepayment required. Please RSVP. This event is sponsored by YPs @ CSI and co-sponsored by Glazers Distributors.
RSVP: Joyce, 214-939-7342
Congregation Shearith Israel
9401 Douglas Ave., Dallas

Saturday, December 4

Ohev Shalom Chanukah Party and Shabbat Sit-Down Lunch

Following Kiddush
Enjoy a delicious festive meal. $18/person, $36/family. Must prepay by Nov. 25; your payment is your reservation; there will be assigned seating with limited space. Price increases to $25/person and $54/family after the deadline.
Info/RSVP by Nov. 25: Jackie Shafron,, 214-882-3495
Pay online by Nov. 25 at:
Congregation Ohev Shalom
6821 McCallum Blvd., Dallas

Kol Ami Eighth-Grade Chanukah Dinner and Program

5:30 p.m.
Congregation Kol Ami’s eighth-graders and their parents will have a Chanukah dinner at 5:30, followed by a program on “Understanding Bullying” by Roberta Clark of the Anti-Defamation League from 6:30 to 8. Afterward, the eighth-grade band will rehearse in the sanctuary for their Dec. 5 performance.
Info: 972-539-1938
Congregation Kol Ami
1887 Timber Creek Road, Flower Mound

2010 Tarrant County Community Chanukah Celebration

6 p.m.
At 6 p.m., menorah lighting at Ahavath Sholom/Jewish Federation, followed by latke supper ($5/person minimum donation requested) at Beth-El. At 7:30, concert by Rabbi Neal Katz, songleader and Jewish musician from Tyler who has recorded four CDs of his music.
Info: 817-332-7141
Congregation Ahavath Sholom: 4050 S. Hulen, Fort Worth
Congregation Beth-El: 4900 Briarhaven, Fort Worth

Shearith Israel Chanukah Party

6:30-8 p.m.
Enjoy music, food, and fun as we celebrate Chanukah. We’ll start with candlelighting and song and will enjoy lite snacks, music, arts and crafts and Candy Bar Bingo. Adults will enjoy each other’s company. Cost in advance (by Tues., Nov. 30): $5/individual, $18/family. Cost at the door: $7/individual, $23/family.
Registration: 214-361-6606
Congregation Shearith Israel
9401 Douglas Ave., Dallas

Menorah Lighting at Starbucks

7 p.m.
Menorah lighting presented by Chabad of Dallas.
Info: 972-818-0770
Preston at Frankford, Dallas

Anshai Torah Community Kumsitz

7:30 p.m.
Congregation Anshai Torah hosts visiting Israeli Delegation of Teachers Community Kumsitz for camp-age families. Refreshments served.
Info: Bob Westle,, 972-473-7718
Congregation Anshai Torah
5501 W. Parker Road, Plano

‘Aladdin Jr.’

7:30 p.m.
J Youtheatre presents a special Broadway Junior adaptation of Disney’s popular animated movie. Tickets: students, $10 in advance, $14 at door; adults, $12 in advance, $16 at door.
Info: Judy Cohn, 214-239-7115
Tickets:, 214-739-2737
Zale Auditorium, Aaron Family JCC
7900 Northaven Road, Dallas
Also Sun., Dec. 5, 2 p.m.

DJHS Chanukah Party

8-11 p.m.
Kinky Friedman will be the headline attraction for this Dallas Jewish Historical Society fundraiser. He will play music, read excerpts from his books and chat with the audience. Also performing music and comedy will be the Mazik Bros., Mark Kreditor, Fred and Barbara Shlesinger, Jim Rosenthal, Lilly Stafford and Eddie Tan. Tickets, $100 each, include catered Chanukah fare by Spice of Life Catering; cash bar available. RSVP required.
Info/RSVP by Dec. 1: Debbie Tobias,
Congregation Shearith Israel
9401 Douglas Ave., Dallas

Sunday, December 5

Temple Emanu-El Brotherhood Community Coffee

9 a.m.
“The Fall Elections: Impact on National Policy; Did the Tea Party Make a Difference?”  No cost.
Info: Stephen Shore,
Temple Emanu-El
8500 Hillcrest Road, Dallas

Shalom Sesame

10-11:30 a.m.
Can Grover find the missing menorah? And what happened to the latkes? JCC Association and Aaron Family JCC invite you to join over 100 JCCs across the continent as Middle East meets West with some very special — and occasionally furry — guests from a new Shalom Sesame series set in Israel from the creators of Sesame Street. Come enjoy this free communal viewing of this delightful film about Chanukah and give your kids and grandkids a holiday treat. “Chanukah: The Missing Menorah” finds Grover in a tizzy when his special friend Anneliese van der Pol (“That’s So Raven,” the Broadway musical “Beauty and the Beast”) gets caught in a game of tag with a chicken and loses her special menorah — just as Chanukah is about to begin! Can her friends find the missing menorah in time? Guest appearance by Debi Mazar.
Info: Rachelle Weiss Crane,, 214-239-7128
JCC Tween Game Room
7900 Northaven Road, Dallas

Ohev Shalom Kids’ Chanukah Party

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Sufganiot, music, arts and crafts, for children ages 2 and up. Contributions are appreciated.
Info/RSVP: Marcy Rhoads,, 214-403-8714
Congregation Ohev Shalom
6821 McCallum Blvd., Dallas

Beth Torah Latke Fry-Off and Chanukah Extravaganza

Noon-3 p.m.
Registration now open for team fryers and pre-purchase of pizza lunches.
Info/registration: Jodi Cortez,
Congregation Beth Torah
720 W. Lookout Drive, Richardson

Annual CBI Chanukah Hoedown

3-6 p.m.
Please join Congregation Beth Israel for its annual Chanukah hoedown, with hayrides and face painting for kids, an exciting raffle and auction presented by the Sisterhood and delicious food cooked by the Brotherhood. There’s something for everyone to bid on, including toys, gifts, wine, jewelry, gift certificates and lots more, so bring your cash and checkbook. $11/adult member, $9 child member (ages 3-12); $13/adult non-member, $11/child non-member (ages 3-12); children under age 3 are free. You may pay at the ranch.
Info: 817-581-5500, 817-379-5717
Rocky Top Ranch
660 Keller Smithfield Road, Keller

Chanukah Celebration

4-5:30 p.m.
Chanukah storytelling, music and crafts for children, featuring Rabbi Wendy Pein of Adat Chaverim. All children will receive a free gift. Free and open to the public.
Info: 972-491-5917
Market Street
1929 Preston Road, Plano

Light up the Night!

5 p.m.
All are invited to join in for a grand menorah lighting presented by Chabad of Arlington. Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck will light the Chanukah Torch; there will be live music, hot latkes and donuts, arts and crafts for the kids, a toy drive to benefit Israeli terror victims. Free admission; sponsorships available at $100 or $180.
Veterans Park
3600 Arkansas Lane, Arlington

Magen David Chanukah Party

5 p.m.
Chanukah party and lighting of the fifth candle. Refreshments and sufganiot, surprises for the children, Chanukah songs. Please fill out online form if you would like to attend.
Info: 972-386-7166
Congregation Magen David
7314 Campbell Road, Dallas

Nishmat Am and Café Israel Family Chanukah Party

5-7 p.m.
Activities for children and adults; hot dogs, Israeli sufganiot and much more. Candlelighting and Chanukah sing-a-long. $10/adult, $5/child (ages 2 and up); $35 maximum per family. Please RSVP.
Info/RSVP:, 972-618-2200,
Infinite Bounds Gymnastics & Day School
6300 Independence Pkwy., Plano

Adat Chaverim Family Chanukah Dinner

5:30 p.m.
Please call for details.
Info: 972-491-5917
Adat Chaverim
6300A Independence Pkwy., Plano

Beth El Binah Chanukah Party

6 p.m.
At Diane Litke’s house (see contact info for location). Annual BEB congregational election and meeting will take place at the beginning of the party. Latkes provided; please bring a dairy dish or dessert to share, and please bring menorahs to light.
Info/location:, 214-521-5342, ext. 1784

Menorah Lighting at NorthPark Mall

6 p.m.
Presented by Chabad of Dallas.
Info: 972-818-0770
NorthPark Mall, Dallas

TDSD Chanukah Gala 2010

7 p.m. (VIP reception at 6)
Torah Day School of Dallas will honor Congressman Pete Sessions with the Ahavat Yisroel Award, and Shai and Judy Robkin as Grandparents of the Year. Buffet dinner, dessert and Chinese auction, 7 p.m.; dessert and program at 8; auction drawing at 8:45. Couvert, $125/person or $250/couple.
Info: Rabbi Yisroel Katz, 972-964-0090;
Westin Park Central Hotel
12720 Merit Drive, Dallas

Monday, December 6

Anshai Torah Early Childhood Chanukah Dinner and Party

5:30 p.m.
Come join the fun as we light the chanukiah. Anshai’s Israeli Partnership will lead us in song, crafts and games. Dinner includes chicken nuggets, latkes and dessert. $8/adult, $4/child. Celebration is for all shul families (siblings too) and friends with children age 5 and under.
Info/RSVP: Faith Retsky, 972-473-7712,
Congregation Anshai Torah
5501 W. Parker Road, Plano

Chabad Fort Worth Annual Chanukah Bowl

6-8 p.m.
Menorah lighting, dreidels, hot latkes, light dinner, chocolate gelt for the kids. $12/person, maximum $50/family. Please RSVP.
Info/RSVP: 817-263-7701,
Citiview Bowling
6601 Oakmont Blvd., Fort Worth

Community Chanukah Party

6-8 p.m.
In conjunction with Israel @ the Center, of the Center for Jewish Education of the JFGD. Light dinner of latkes and sufganiot will be served.
Info: Miranda Winer, 214-239-7168,
Congregation Beth Torah
720 W. Lookout Drive, Richardson

Tuesday, December 7

Shearith Israel Chanukah Visit to Legacy Preston Hollow

3-4:30 p.m.
Everyone is invited to help celebrate Chanukah with true treasures of our community, the residents of Legacy Preston Hollow. Join in for a meaningful holiday visit.
Info: Glenn Geller,, 214-282-7620
The Legacy at Preston Hollow
11409 N. Central Expwy., Dallas

Temple Emanu-El Choir’s Annual Chanukah Concert

6 p.m.
Concert includes the Temple Emanu-El Choir, Zamarim Youth Singers, Cantor Richard Cohn, Ralph Stannard conducting and Clarece Candamio at the piano. Come one, come all!
Info: 214-706-0000
Dillard’s Court at NorthPark, Dallas

Wednesday, December 8

A Great Miracle Will Happen Here

5:45 p.m.
At the conclusion of the first Learning Center class session, feed your body and soul for a miraculous price of $8. An opportunity for the Learning Center family to join for a Chanukah dinner surrounded by lights of joy and hope. Bring your own chanukiot and Chanukah candles, and raise your voice in singing when the fifth- and sixth-grade students light the shul chanukiah.
Info/RSVP by Dec. 1: 972-234-1542
Congregation Beth Torah
720 W. Lookout Drive, Richardson
Tiferet Israel Annual Chanukah Dinner
6 p.m.
$5/person, $20/maximum per immediate family. Reservations required.
Info: Debby Rubin,,
Tiferet Israel Congregation
10909 Hillcrest Road, Dallas

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