It is almost that time of year! Get ready to celebrate Hanukkah with friends and family with these wonderful events around the Boston area. From movies and music to Chinese food and board games, it is easy to see that there are far more than eight ways to celebrate. To learn more about other Hanukkah events happening this season, check out Jewish Boston. This wonderful online resource contains an exhaustive events calendar of hundreds of Jewish-themed events in Eastern Massachusetts all year round.
Moo Shu Jew
Hei La Moon
88 Beach St.
Boston, MA 02111
Date: Dec. 24, 2014
This year, the last night of Hanukkah falls on Christmas Eve, which makes this year even more special because of the annual Moo Shu Jew dinner event. Moo Shu Jew is a celebration held each Christmas Eve at a Chinese Restaurant featuring Jewish-inspired comedy, music and, of course, lots of food. Though this year’s comedians have not yet been announced, there is sure to be a five-course meal and a sold-out show. This is a fabulous, nontraditional way to celebrate Hanukkah and light-heartedly poke fun at the Jewish stereotype of ordering Chinese food on Christmas Eve.
Chanukah Havdalah and Game Night
8 Tremont St.
Cambridge, MA 02139
Date: Dec. 15, 2014
On the night before Hanukkah 2014 begins, join Bostonians of Jewish faith for a casual game night and light food. All guests are invited to bring their own menorah for a celebratory lighting after havdalah. Havdalah begins at 5 p.m., with board games to commence shortly afterwards. Have a favorite board game? Bring it along to teach your friends or other members of the community – bonus points for Hanukkah-themed games. The event is hosted by “20’s & 30’s,” a Boston-based Jewish community for people after they finish college, but before they start families. It is a great place to make friends and connect with like-minded individuals.
“Some Like it Hot” Everyone Loves Latkes Party
Massachusetts Ave and Brattle Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Date: Dec. 20, 2014; 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Seriously though, everybody DOES love latkes. So in the spirit of Hanukkah, join Boston-area residents for a latke tasting with some of the city’s best chefs. The event is free and open to the public and will feature delicious donated goodies from lots of Harvard Square restaurants and shops. The event will also feature live music and holiday story-telling and is great Hanukkah fun for the whole family – especially food lovers!
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Chanukah “A Light Through the Ages”
Central Reform Temple
15 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
Date: Dec. 14, 2014 at 4 p.m.
Gather on December 14 for the sixth annual “A Light Through the Ages” concert. The ceremony starts at 4 p.m. and goes through the Hanukkah story through song, storytelling and lecture. The ceremony will also feature the lighting of the menorah. “A Light Through the Ages” was written more than 30 years ago, and has become a favorite tradition of Jewish families across the country. The event is free and open to the public – no reservations are required.
Hanukkah: 8 Nights, 8 Windows
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
Date: Dec. 17, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Preview this beautiful public art display at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for free on the second night of Hanukkah 2014. In addition to previewing the motion-controlled piece by Jeff Hesser and Mike Mandel, attendees will be treated to olive oil tasting, DIY clay dreidel and stained glass window making, a film screening, live musical performances and, of course, lighting of the menorah. Though the event is free and open to all, reserving tickets is highly recommended. Tickets can be reserved starting on December 7, 2014. Space is anticipated to fill up quickly!
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