Together, we celebrate dedication, courage, freedom, blessings and the holy community that gathers throughout the year in our MakomNisim gadolim korim po - great miracles are happening here. May we take the time out of our busy schedules to appreciate the daily miracles in our lives, and cherish the time we spend together. Retell the stories. Sing the songs. Share the light. Spin a dreidel.

Programs & Events
View or listen to the blessings for lighting the Chanukah candles
History of Chanukah
Customs & Rituals
Family Activities
When visiting TBE during the holiday season, please bring an item for those in need. Learn more about our Winter Collections

Chanukah Blessings

Click here to listen to our very own TBE Cantor Jodi Sufrin sing a beautiful rendition of these blessings!

Say or sing:
1st Blessing

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tsivanu l'hadlik ner shel Chanukah.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to kindle the Chanukah lights.


2nd Blessing
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, she-asah nisim laavoteinu v'imoteinu bayamim hahaeim baz'man hazeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who performed wondrous deeds for our ancestors in days of old at this season.


3rd Blessing (First Night ONLY)

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, shehecheyanu v'kiy'manu v'higianu laz'man hazeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.


Candles are added to the chanukiyah (menorah) from right to left but are kindled from left to right.  The newest candle is lit first.  (On the Shabbat of Chanukah, kindle the Chanukah lights first and then the Shabbat candles.) Light the shamash (the helper candle) first, using it to kindle the rest of the Chanukah lights.

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Chanukah begins Sunday evening, December 2 (first candle) 

Join us Sunday, December 2 through Sunday, December 9 for communal candle lighting at TBE. 

Sunday December 2 at 11:00 am 

Monday December 3 at 7:25 pm

Tuesday December 4 at 5:25 pm and 7:45 pm

Wednesday December 5 at 5:55 pm

Thursday December 6 at 7:25 pm

Friday December 7 during Shabbat services

Saturday December 8 during Mincha Ma'ariv services

Sunday December 9 at 6:00 pm

View the calendar


Dreidel Dash 5K Run/Walk*
Sunday, December 2, 8:30 am (r
ace day registration & bib pickup)

Join us for our first annual Chanukah 5K run/walk, as part of our community-wide Chanukah festival for all ages! All proceeds benefit the TBE Youth Engagement Fund. This event is hosted by Temple Beth Elohim, but is open to all! 

*To accomodate the Dreidel Dash, accessiblity to the temple and parking has been adjusted. 
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Learn more & register



Communal Chanukah Festival*
Sunday, December 2, 10:00 am-12:00 pm

Food and fun for all ages! Events include a communal breakfast with latkes, age appropriate Chanukah themed games and activities and music from DJ Josh Shapiro. Whether you’re participating in the Dash, cheering from the side-lines or joining our Yaldeinu (FwYC) and Limud communities as a family, there will be fun for all!

We'll have a photo booth and food stations for latkes, donuts, bagels, hot chocolate and more! Several camps will be bringing fun activities and swag items to share with families. There will be age appropriate stations with a mix of crafts and activities for the kids.

Adult community stations include the Dreidel Game, letter Writing for Framingham School, Hillel vs. Shammai candle lighting debate, beer tasting from Men’s Club and a Jewelry sale by an Israeli artist.

*To accomodate the Dreidel Dash, accessiblity to the temple and parking has been adjusted

Anyone coming to TBE should plan to arrive via Route 9, rather than via Walnut Street. We encourage all who are able to park on the neighborhood side streets, beginning with Bobolink near TBE, or in the Schofield School Lot. Please note that anyone parking at Schofield will need to arrive prior to 9:30 am, and will not be able to leave until 11:30 am or later.

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[email protected] Chanukah Pot Luck Dinner
Thursday December 6, 7:00 pm

Join us for this popular evening of great food and casual conversation!

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Adult Chanukah Program: Bring in the Light
Friday, December 7, 5:00 pm

Rabbi Joel Sisenwine and Rabbi Philip Sherman

Join us before TGIS service as we look into the teachings about the light of Chanukah and how it can illuminate our path in the world. Come for a festive evening of song, study and community! Walk-ins welcome.

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JELY Jr. (Grades K-5) Chanukah Dinner & Program
Friday, December 7

6:00 pm  TGIS Chanukah Services
7:00 pm  K-5 Community Dinner
7:30 pm  JELY Jr. (K-5 Youth Group) Programming

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Chanukah Spin with Rabbi Sisenwine
Sunday, December 16, 11:00 am*

Jewish Spin returns...Chanukah edition! Led by our rabbi (and certified spin instructor, really!), Rabbi Joel Sisenwine. Spin will take place at Community Cycle in Dover. 

*Note date change. This class has been rescheduled to Sunday, December 16 - same time and location.


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Winter Collections (Now thru December 16)

Bins are located in the atrium for the following items:

  • Canned Salmon (or Tuna)
  • Cereal
  • Gently used Winter Outerwear including coats, mittens, boots and snowpants for all ages and sizes
  • NEW unwrapped Toys for ages infant through teen