Hanukkah 2023

Join with family, friends, and the whole TOS community for fun and festive Hanukkah celebrations throughout the week! The first night is THURSDAY, December 7th!

Hanukkah Schedule
Please scroll for full details below.

Thursday, December 7
TCEE Scholastic Book Fair (Various times)
5:15pm –  Community Candle Lighting
5:30-9:00pm – TOS Young Adults at MFA (RSVP here)

Friday, December 8
TCEE Scholastic Book Fair (Various times)
5:45pm – Hanukkah Shabbat B’yachad (Register here)

Monday, December 11
TCEE Scholastic Book Fair (Various times)
5:15pm – Community Candle Lighting

Tuesday, December 12
TCEE Scholastic Book Fair (Various times)
Last day to donate for BMC’s Grow Clinic
5:30pm – ARS/TCEE Communal Candle Lighting & Latke Dinner

Wednesday, December 13
TCEE Scholastic Book Fair (Various times)
5:15pm – Community Candle Lighting

Thursday, December 14
TCEE Scholastic Book Fair (Various times)
9:00am – TCEE Family Hanukkah Sing
5:15pm – Community Candle Lighting

Friday, December 15
TCEE Scholastic Book Fair (Various times)

Share your light with the TOS community

Let’s spark a conversation, share support with one another, and light up the darkness this Hanukkah! 
Each night we encourage everyone who feels comfortble to take a photo of their lit hanukkiah and themselves, their family, pets, or whatever your creativity comes up with!

Share the photo with the hashtag #LightsofOhabei on Facebook, Instagram, or your favorite platform.

Community Candle Lighting

Our community will gather in the TOS Chapel to light the Hanukkiah together.
All are welcome!
December 7, 11, 13 & 14, 5:15 pm.

TOS Young Adults: Hanukkah at Museum of
Fine Arts 

Thursday, December 7 from 5:30-10:00pm

Join the Young Adults of TOS and hundreds of community members for an unforgettable evening celebrating Hanukkah at the MFA! We’ll have after-hours access to the museum, plus musical performances, spotlight talks with curators, arts and crafts activities, and more… 

We will head over from the Temple at 5:30pm so if you’d like to take the T together, please arrive by 5:15pm. The event is from 5-10pm, so if you’d like to get there for the beginning, or want meet us there a little later, you are welcome to! 

Tickets will $5 per person, and will ONLY be available at the door the day-of, but please RSVP here so we know you’re coming! 

Hanukkah Shabbat B’yachad
Friday, December 8, beginning at 5:45pm

Join us to light up the night on Friday, December 8th for a very special Shabbat and Hanukkah celebration for the whole TOS community! Festive Hanukkah attire is encouraged. 

5:45pm – Intergenerational Shabbat services & community hanukkiah lighting (Chapel)
**Please bring your hanukkiah (menorah) and 3 candles (It’s Night #2 plus the shamash)** 

6:30pm – Latke dinner, Hanukkah treats & sing-along, featuring the TOS choir and ARS band (Penn Spero) 

And, if you have not already, please bring your donations for the Toy Drive to benefit Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic (more details below).

TCEE Scholastic Book Fair
December 7-15 

Please join us December 7th-15th for TCEE’s Scholastic Book Fair! Get a jumpstart on holiday shopping and foster a love of reading! Proceeds from the fair will go towards expanding our TCEE library, including a “library on wheels” resource center and upgrading other classroom materials. The book fair will be in Leibovitch (on the first floor next to the elevator).

Our fair’s homepage is up and running! You can view the hours the fair will be open, shop the fair online starting Dec. 7th, and set up an eWallet for your child. Scholastic’s eWallet tool is a great way for family members and friends to contribute to book fair purchases! When you share the link, family and friends near and far can add money to your child’s eWallet which you can use to make purchases at the fair.

Please reach out to educationoffice@ohabei.org (attn: Melanie) with any questions. We hope to see you there!

ARS/TCEE Communal Candle Lighting & Latke Dinner
Tuesday, December 12 at 5:30pm

Join the ARS and TCEE communities as we gather in the sanctuary for singing, candle lighting and Hanukkah fun! At 6:00pm, we will move downstairs to Penn-Spero Hall for a latke and salad dinner. 

In Person for the ARS & TCEE Communities Only

TCEE Hanukkah Sing
Thursday, December 14 at 9:00am

TCEE will come together on the morning of the last day of Hanukkah, Thursday December 14th, for a Hanukkah Sing! Led by Rabbi Queen and Josh Cohen, we’ll gather as a community to light the hanukkiah and sing some festive songs. 

In Person for the TCEE Community Only

“Brighten a Child’s Holiday” Toy Drive to benefit Boston Medical Center’s Grow Clinic 

BMC is collecting new, unwrapped gifts and/or Target or Walmart gift cards in $25 increments to be distributed at their annual holiday party for young patients and their families. 

To contribute toys: Bring your donation to the Marshal Street entrance until Tuesday, December 12.

To contribute gift cards or money: Bring or mail gift cards/checks to TOS, clearly labeled with “BMC Toy Drive”, and drop them off with Rachel Buerger in the TOS office. Checks can be made out to Temple Ohabei Shalom with “Brighten a Child’s Holiday Fund” on the memo line. 

Here are BMC’s gift suggestions, organized by age group, along with the number of patients in each age group. BMC will also distribute backpacks to EVERY child, with their gifts placed inside.

Community Resources

  • Get into the holiday spirit with this 🔥 Hanukkah Party Mix 🍩 Spotify playlist by Hadar’s Rising Song Records!