Chag Urim Sameach (Happy Festival of Lights)! Federation wishes you and your loved ones a happy, healthy, and meaningful Chanukah. Visit our Chanukah page for recipes, events, family-friendly activities, and more. Read on for featured resources to brighten all eight nights!
JFamily Chanukah Party
Celebrate with Federation partner, EDCJCC, and JFamily at their annual Chanukah party! The party will be held indoors and feature a sing-along with children's entertainer Mr. Ari, Chanukah-themed arts and crafts stations, story time, bouncing, seasonal treats, and more. They will also be collecting donations of new, never-worn kids’ gloves/mittens (all sizes and colors welcomed), in partnership with D25 Day of Service, to help families with young kids who are either currently experiencing homelessness or have transitioned out of homelessness.
» Sunday, December 18 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
All Community Chanukah Celebration
Bring your chanukkiot (Chanukah menorahs) and celebrate the Festival of Lights with music, dance, dinner, candle lighting, and dreidel games! Fun for the whole family. Come an hour early for adult learning or Jewish papercutting and Chanukah text study with our rabbis.
Learn more here
» Sunday, December 18 | 4:00 PM – 7:15 PM
DC Night of Action
Jews United for Justice
Join Jews United for Justice to light candles and take action the night before the DC Council’s final legislative meeting of the year. Work to help domestic workers push for the last vote on the DC Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, and light Chanukah candles together.
» Monday, December 19 | 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
DMV Chanukah Guide
Looking for more Chanukah events and volunteer opportunities? Want to find new Chanukah recipes or gift inspiration? Federation partner, GatherDC, has compiled a Chanukah guide with everything you need to make your Chanukah special!
Check out GatherDC's Chanukah Guide here
COMMUNITY CANDLE LIGHTINGS
Chanukah at the J
Come light the menorah each evening with Federation partner, Pozez JCC, while enjoying their activity nook and special treats!
Learn more here
» December 18-25 | 5:00 PM
Community Candle Lighting
Experience the beauty and joy of Chanukah with Federation partner, Bender JCC, and light up each night (virtually) around the DMV.
Learn more here
» December 18-25 | 6:00 PM
Ensure a Vibrant and Secure Jewish Future
This holiday season, let's come together and rededicate ourselves to uplifting our community, caring compassionately for those in need, and ensuring a vibrant Jewish future. As you finalize your end-of-year charitable giving decisions, please consider making or fulfilling your gift to Federation.
Open a Donor Advised Fund (DAF)
When you open your DAF with the Jewish Community Foundation (formerly Federation's United Jewish Endowment Fund), you will access our particular expertise on social issues in the Jewish community and the broader world. Your DAF allows you to make charitable gifts to your fund when most convenient for your tax or financial planning and distribute anytime to the qualified 501c3 charities or causes you care about in the Jewish community and beyond.
Open your DAF
COMMUNITY EVENTS & VOLUNTEERING
Holiday Donation Drive
Sixth & I
Before Chanukah, join Sixth & I to assemble holiday care-kit gift bags for residents at transitional housing shelters provided by New Endeavors by Women (NEW). If you can’t attend but want to support NEW, you can donate through the wish list.
» Wednesday, December 14 | 6:00 PM
An Evening with Guri Alfi and Moshe Samuels
Join Pozez JCC for a viewing of documentary mini-series The New Jew, followed by a facilitated discussion with top Israeli comedian, Guri Alfi, and creator of the series, Moshe Samuels. Viewings are available in person and virtual.
» Thursday, December 15 | 7:30 PM
Next Gen Climate Changemakers
Federation is proud to invest in impactful and innovative initiatives in Israel, including the Arava Institute's Next Gen Climate Changemakers. This project will bring together Jewish young professionals in the DC area with Israeli Jewish, Arab, and Palestinian young professionals who are concerned about environmental sustainability and interested in exploring solutions to these regional environmental challenges together. The program will offer a series of virtual and in-person gatherings starting in January 2023.
Learn more and apply by December 20th
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