Loosen a notch on your belt—it’s that time of year for binging on latkes and jelly doughnuts with friends and family.
Hanukkah doesn’t officially begin until December 22, but pre-gaming has commenced. Throughout the North Shore, synagogues and community centers are hosting special holiday events, and there’s something for everyone.
Saturday, Dec. 14
Families with Littles Hanukkah Celebration
Featuring a havdalah ceremony to end the Sabbath followed by candle lighting and songs, a pizza and pasta dinner with Hanukkah gelt, crafts, and a great magic show! For families with children 6 and under.
Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah. 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette. 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to bhbe.org/littles or contact Aaron Frankel at 847-256-1213
Sunday, Dec. 15
Bubbles & Latkes
The Jewish United Fund Russian Jewish Division invites your family to an afternoon of fun as we celebrate Chanukah! Enjoy latkes and sufganiyot, and interactive bubble show, and Chanukah crafts. Best for kids 10 and under.
Bernard Weinger JCC, 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook. 4 to 5:30pm. $20 per family. jccchicago.org.
Hanukkah Concert with Rabbi Joe Black and Maxwell Street Klezmer Band
In their only Hanukkah performance this year, the lively Maxwell Street Klezmer Band will be playing songs from their album, “Eight Nights of Joy,” a holiday album featuring classic sing-a-long songs such as “Oh Hanukkah” and “The Dreidel Song.” This is an all-ages event.
North Shore Congregation, 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe. 1 p.m. Tickets $18 online/$22 at the door ($10/$15 for kids 10 and under.) klezmerband.com.
Celebration of Chanukah
Temple Jeremiah is hosting a Celebration of Chanukah designed for individuals with disabilities and their families and friends. All ages and abilities are invited to join us as we light Chanukah candles, sing Chanukah songs, dance to music by the Spice City DJs, and enjoy delicious treats, including latkes. Be like a dreidel and dance, spin, twirl, and whirl to the music. The Selah Choir, a group of Jewish adults with different abilities, will be performing a few Chanukah songs. Attire is dressy casual.
Temple Jeremiah, 937 North Happ Road, Northfield. 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Free. templejeremiah.org.