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Looking for things to do during Chanukah? Use this page to see which synagogues and organizations are offering Chanukah services and programs in and adjacent to Orange County.
Community Menorah Lightings and Family-Friendly Chanukah Events Open to The Community
PJ Library connected events:
December 4: Pretend City Menorah Lighting with PJ Library OC and Chabad of Irvine, Irvine, 3–6 p.m. $1/person
December 4: Chanukah Story time with PJ Library OC and Hebrew Academy Preschool, Central Library in Huntington Beach, 7 p.m.
December 5: Visit the PJ Library OC table at the Merage JCC Community Chanukah Celebration, 5-7 p.m.
Chabad of Aliso Viejo/Laguna Woods
December 2, 11:00–1:30 p.m.., The Home Deport Menorah Workshop. This is a free event but please RSVP to reserve your Menorah kit at www.JewishAlisoViejo.com or call 949.244.8173 24332 El Toro Rd, Laguna Hills, CA
December 4, 5:30 p.m., Lego Menorah Lighting at the Aliso Viejo Town Center (near the fountain) with balloon artists, face painting, lego activities, food, and fun for the whole family. For more information call 949.244.7627 or visit www.JewishAlisoViejo.com.
Chabad Beth Meir HaCohen, Yorba Linda
December 7, 6 p.m., Chanukah Community Shabbat with challah, latkes, Shabbat dinner, community spirit, and Aleph Preschool performance RSVP to email@example.com, Ocjewish.com, or 714.693.0770 19045 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886, $40/Family.
December 9, Chanukah Barbecue, Menorah Lighting, Latkes & Doughnuts RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org, Ocjewish.com, or 714.693.077019045 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda, CA 92886, $15/family.
Chabad of Dana Point
December 9, 4 p.m., Public Menorah Lighting at the Dana Point Plaza, 34111 La Plaza, Dana Point. For more information visit www.JewishDanaPoint.com.
Chabad of Irvine
December 9, 3 p.m., Irvine community candle lighting, Irvine Spectrum Center
670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine 92618
Chabad of North Irvine
December 2, 3 p.m., World's First Giant Rice Krispie Treats Menorah Lighting at the Distrcit, in front of the movie theaters.
Chabad Center for Jewish Life
November 25, 11 a.m.– 1 p.m., The Home Depot Menorah Workshop
2300 S. Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free. RSVP to https://bit.ly/2D483ae to reserve your Menorah kit. For more information, email email@example.com or call 949.721.9800
December 2, 3:30 p.m., Fashion Island Menorah Lighting, Atrium Court (near Barnes & Noble). Chanukah crafts and entertainment, balloon animals, face painting, bring an unwrapped gift for the community toy drive. For more information, visit www.jewishnewport.com or call 949.721.9800
Chabad of Laguna Beach
December 2, 2 p.m. Surfboard Menorah celebration at Laguna Main Beach with Israeli DJ and dancing, ventriloquist act, crafts, balloons, latkes, and lighting of the Way Cool Surfboard Menorah!
December 4, 4:30 p.m., JYZ Youth Zone Wild and Wacky Menorah workshop for kids of all ages! Menorah Making, Dreidel Playing, Storytelling, Game Playing, Latke Munching, Gift-Getting FUN! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Chabad of Laguna Niguel/City of Laguna Niguel
December 2, 4–7 p.m., City Hall, 30111 Crown Valley Parkway, Laguna Niguel 92677
Chabad of Los Alamitos & Cypress/City of Seal Beach
November 25, 5 p.m., Seal Beach Menorah Lighting with live music, face painting, donuts, latkes, and menorah selfies, Seal Beach Pier (corner of Ocean and Main St.)
Chabad of Mission Viejo
December 2, 5–6 p.m., Candle Lighting at the Four Corners
December 9, 4:30 p.m., Ladera Ranch Community Candle Lighting at the Town Green
Chabad of Rancho S. Margarita
December 3, 6 p.m., Public menorah Lighting with live jazz band, RSM Lake (Mercade del Lago)
Chabad of S. Clemente
December 2, 4 p.m., Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at the Pier in San Clemente
December 9, 4 p.m., The Outlets at San Clemente, 101 West Avenida Vista Hermosa, San Clemente 92672
Chabad of Tustin/City of Tustin
December 2, 5–6 p.m., Menorah Lighting at Tustin City Hall
Jewish Collaborative of Orange County
December 8, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Shabbat Shalom Family. Join other families with young children for a mini-minyan, singing, stories, and a special Chanukah guided family project with a Kiddush to follow. The event will take place at 2200 San Joaquin Hills Rd, Newport Beach on the St. Mark Presbyterian campus. For more information and to RSVP Https://jewishcollaborative.org/2017/07/03/shabbat-shalom-family/
December 9, 7-9 p.m., Hanukkah Celebration for LGBTQ Families and Friends with LAHAV, and the LGBT Center OC. Live music, delicious food, community connection.
Chabad of West Orange County
December 4, 5-8 p.m., Menorah Lighting Celebration at the Westminster Mall (lower level JC Penny Wing)
City of Placentia
December 6, 6-8 p.m., Placentia Civic Center
Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’a lot
December 7, Family Chanukah Shabbat dinner (6 p.m.), Bring Your Own Menorah service (7 p.m.), and Oneg. Enjoy dinner with family and friends before Shabbat Service that starts at 7 p.m.. We’ll serve latkes, baked chicken, and salad (all gluten free). Dinner is $12/person. RSVP online at https://www.shmtemplemembers.org/form/chanukah-dinner-2018.
Temple Bat Yahm
December 7, 5:30 p.m., Giant Menorah Lighting with the Dale Schatz Band and BYO Menorah Lighting/Sing-a-long Shabbat Service. Chanukah party following the service with music by the Dale Schatz Band, dinner by Blueberry Hill, mini kids carnival, and fun! Purchase tickets at https://bit.ly/2FwlRgC.
Temple Beth David
December 1, 10:30 a.m., Chanukah-themed Tot Shabbat
December 7, 6 p.m., Hanukkah dinner and Shabbat services
Temple Beth El, South Orange County
December 7, 4:30 p.m., Hanukkah-Palooza, Hanukkah celebration for all ages with a song session, Shabbat Services honoring Shining Lights & Volunteers, and dinner. RSVP to https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07efrvgbw22948acf8&oseq=&c=&ch=
December 9, Chanukah Celebration with music, latkes, supper, donuts, and outdoor Menorah lighting. Reservations required. RSVP to 949.830.0470.
Temple Beth Sholom
December 2-9, 6 p.m., Chanukah Lighting in the Orange Circle
If you don't see your Orange County synagogue or Jewish community Chanukah listing here and want to add it, please email the synagogue/organization name, a link to information about your Chanukah services or programs, and a contact name to Marketing@JFFS.org.