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A list of Chanukah celebrations, events and activities throughout Connecticut.



Simsbury – Simsbury Celebrates Chanukah; crafts, edible dreidel making, dreidel games and card decorating; hosted by the Mandell JCC; 5:30 – 7 p.m.; at Simsbury Public Library, 725 Hopmeadow St.



West Hartford – Latkes & Laughter; entertainment by Linda Belt; co-hosted by Hoffman SummerWood Community and West Hartford Senior Center; 2 p.m.; at the Senior Center in Bishops Corner, (860) 561-7583. $3/members; $4/non-members. Advance registration a must.

West Hartford – DIY Chanukah with Rita Brownstein, hands-on holiday workshop creating decorative paper dreidels; 7 p.m.; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 236-4571. $10/adults



West Hartford – Manginah A Cappella Choir of Brandeis University in a pre-Chanukah Holiday Concert; singers will accompany Shabbat morning services and present a concert at Kiddush, following services; services at 9 a.m.; Beth David Synagogue, 20 Dover Rd., (860) 236-1241. FREE



Chester – Community Chanukah Celebration; crafts; latkes and jelly donuts; dreidel games; 11 a.m.; Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Hwy., (860) 526-8920. FREE

Orange – Chanukah arts and crafts and singing; chocolate “gelt” and dreidels; for children ages 3,4 and 5 and their parents; 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.; Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., (203) 799-2341.

West Hartford – Chanukah Fair; latkes, paint Chanukah pottery with the Claypen, create wooden menorahs, PJ Library story telling, make holiday cards, and more; 3 – 4:30 p.m.; FREE ($10 fee for Claypen)

West Hartford – “Fire on Ice” Chanukah @ Blue Back; watch a master ice-carver sculpt a giant menorah from a raw block of ice, which will then be lit as the first candle of the holiday; also interactive construction of a huge Lego dreidel, live music, raffles, Hebrew Academy children’s choir; heated tent; food for sale from Yosi’s Kosher Catering; 4 p.m.; hosted by Chabad of Greater Hartford at Blue Back Square, (860) 232-1116,

Wilton – Community Menorah Lighting Celebration; live music, Chanukah gelt, dreidels,; led by Rabbi Levi Stone of the Schneerson Center;5 p.m.; on Wilton Town Green, (203) 635-4118, FREE.



Guilford – 11th Annual Shoreline Chanukah Celebration; reading of Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Rabbi Hesch Sommer; song stylist Julie Harris; treats, craft activity, and a surprise gift; hosted by Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven Shoreline office and PJ Library of Greater New Haven; 4 – 5:30 p.m.; at Guilford Free Library, 67 Park St., (203) 738-0033,

Stamford – Stew Leonard’s Community Menorah Lighting Celebration; live music, hot latkes, chocolate gelt, dreidels; led by Rabbi Yehoshua Hecht; co-sponsored by Stew Leonard’s and Beth Israel; 5 p.m.; at Stew Leonard’s. (203) 866-0534, FREE.

West Hartford – Chanukah Celebration featuring a screening of the Israeli film “Cupcakes”; candle-lighting, dreidel spinning contest, festive food; sponsored by the Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies and Hartford Hillel of the University of Hartford; screening 7 p.m.; in Wilde Auditorium, University of Hartford(860) 768-4964. FREE.

West Hartford – Israel Defense Force Ensemble in Concert; hosted by Friends of Israel Defense Forces; Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., (860) 231-6333,

Westport – Community Menorah Lighting Celebration; live music, chocolate gelt, dreidels; led by Rabbi Levi Stone of the Schneerson Center; 6:15 p.m.; at Compo Acres Shopping Center, 400 Post Road East (203) 635-4118, FREE.



Canton – Chanukah Story Times at Barnes & Noble, Shoppes at Farmington Valley, 11 a.m., hosted by PJ Library; (860) 231-6342

Weston — Community Menorah Lighting Celebration; live music, chocolate gelt, dreidels; led by Rabbi Levi Stone of the Schneerson Center; 6 p.m.; at Wilton Town Green (203) 635-4118, FREE.



Stamford – Family Chanukah Party; candle lighting, crafts, music and treats; 6 – 7:30 p.m.; Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Ave., (203) 487-0973,,

West Hartford – Intergenerational Chanukah Fun! Songs, PJ Library stories, craft; 4 p.m.; co-hosted by PJ Library and Hoffman SummerWood Community; at SummerWood, 160 Simsbury Rd., (860) 231-6342.

West Hartford – Chanukah Story Times at Blue Back Square, 9 – 10:30 a.m., hosted by PJ Library; (860) 231-6342.



Glastonbury – Chanukah Story Times at Somerset Square, 10 – 10:30 a.m., hosted by PJ Library; (860) 231-6342.



Chester – Chanukah Shabbat Celebration; non-dairy pot luck dinner; brisket, latkes and beverages will be provided; guests should bring a meat dish (no pork or shellfish) or other non-dairy side dishes (salads, latkes, vegetables, rice or dessert); bring your menorah for candle-lighting; dinner at 5:45 p.m., followed by services at 7 p.m. and then Oneg and dessert; Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek, 55 East Kings Hwy., (860) 526-8920,

Greenwich – “Chanukah Live!” Potluck gourmet latke dinner (donated by Garelick and Herbs); featuring Shir Ami Rockin’ Band and Choirs; dinner at 6 p.m., followed by 7 p.m., Shabbat service and Chanukah candle-lighting; bring cold beverages for your table; hosted by Congregation Shir Ami; at First Presbyterian Church, One West Putnam Ave. $25/adults, $10/teens (13-18), FREE/children under 13. Reservation a must by Dec. 4.

Orange – Latkes and Magic; light the menorah in the lobby at 7 p.m., followed by brief service and then Oneg Shabbat featuring a magic show, latkes and gelt; Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Rd., (203) 799-2341.

Ridgefield – Ruach Shabbat Chanukah Celebration; prayer, music, refreshments; 5:30 p.m. Temple Shearith Israel/Jewish Family Congregation, 46 Peaceable St., (203) 438-6589,



Milford – “Hands on Hanukkah,” the JCC of Greater New Haven and PJ Library host a celebration with activities, games, dreidel spin-off, live music, food, crafts, giveaways and more; 12 – 3 p.m.; at the Westfield Connecticut Post Mall, (lower level, outside Macy’s), 1201 Boston Post Rd., (203) 387-2522. FREE.

Stamford – Chanukah Day of Learning with Rabbi Zvi Sobolofsky, rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva University; 9 a.m. donuts and coffee after minyan; 9:15 a.m.: “The Laws of Lighting Chanukah Candles When One is Not Home”; 10:15 a.m., “The Authority of Our Rabbis to Institute New Mitzvot”; 11:15 a.m., “The Laws Relating to Shabbat and Winter Issues”; latkes served throughout; Congregation Agudath Sholom,

Stamford – Israeli Kids Club Chanukah Party; candle-lighting, crafts, games, songs and more; 4 – 6 p.m.; at JCC Stamford, 1035 Newfield Ave., $10/person, $30/family max.

Stamford – Community-wide Chanukah Party featuring Bash the Trash Environmental Arts; 3-5 p.m.; hosted by JCC Greenwich at Carmel Academy, 270 Lake Ave., (203) 552-1818, $18

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