Best Ways To Celebrate Hanukkah In Seattle

December 7, 2012 6:00 AM

(photo credit: Thinkstock)

(photo credit: Thinkstock)

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If you’re prepping to spend eight wonderful days and nights celebrating Hanukkah, know you’re not alone. Seattle’s Jewish population has you covered with celebrations, candle lightings and all things Hanukkah this holiday season. These are the best ways to embrace Jewish community throughout the city Dec. 8 to Dec. 16 this year.

Light the Candles Concert
Temple B’nai Torah
15727 N.E. 4th St.
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 603-9677

Price: $12 adults/$10 students and seniors /$6 children younger than 12
Hours: Dec.12 – 7 p.m.

Enjoy an interactive performance for all faiths featuring both traditional and familiar holiday tunes. The songs will be sung in Hebrew, Ladino, Yiddish and English. This concert is a wonderful way for Jews and non-Jews to embrace the Hanukkah season together. A coffee and tea reception will follow the show with Hanukkah treats and other goodies to eat or take home as gifts. Those unemployed and underemployed visitors are invited to pay what they are able.

A Chanukah Celebration for People of All Abilities
Temple B’nai Torah
15727 N.E. 4th St.
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 603-9677

Price: free
Hours: Dec. 9 – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

A nondenominational event for persons of all ages and abilities, enjoy a community-wide celebration with games, signing, dreidels and latkes. The fun night will be led by Rabbi James Mirel, Cantor David Serkin-Poole, Rabbi Aaron Meyer and special guests.
Advance registration is encouraged to ensure there will be enough latkes and fun treats for everyone. This Chanukah Celebration is co-sponsored by Jewish Family Service, the Seattle Association for Jews with Disabilities, Temple B’nai Torah and Temple De Hirsch Sinai.

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Miracle of Light Hanukkah Party
Congregation Beth Shalom
6800 35th Ave. NE
Seattle, WA 98115
(206) 524-0075

Price: $15 members/$20 non-members/free children 3 and younger
Hours: Dec. 11 – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This Miracle of Light Hanukkah Party features music by the Klez Katz, entertaining Tzedakah activities and fun dreidel games. The highlight of the evening will be the candle lighting and a delicious Hanukkah dinner catered by Eric Gorbman. To help those in need during the holidays, guests are asked to bring canned food goods to be donated to the Jewish Family Service Food Bank.

Seattle Jewish Chorale Concert
Temple Beth Hatfiloh
201 8th Ave. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
(360) 754-8519

Price: $12 adults/$10 students and seniors/$6 children younger than 12
Hours: Dec. 9 – 4 p.m.

The Seattle Jewish Chorale invites the community to celebrate the Hanukkah season with its engaging concert perfect for the whole family. Come enjoy familiar and non-familiar holiday songs in Hebrew, Yiddish, English and Ladino. Audiences will be treated to excerpts from Abraham Kaplan‘s “Eight Days of Chanukah,” a new work by the former director of the Seattle Symphony Chorale. A coffee and tea reception will follow the concert

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Hanukkah under the Stars
Stroum Jewish Community Center
3801 Mercer Way
Mercer Island, WA 98040
(206) 232-7115

Price: free
Hours: Dec. 15 – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

One of the largest annual Hanukkah celebrations is great fun for all ages and open to everyone in the community. Entertainment will be provided by Josh Niehaus and kid favorite Recess Monkeys. Enjoy a variety of holiday activities, a giant ball pit, kids’ activities, fun crafts and tasty food from Stopsky’s delicatessen. Pre-registration is required and can be done online or by phone. 

Kristy Stevens-Young is a freelance writer in Seattle. Her work can be found at

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