Where are the Maccabees on the Upper West Side? Perhaps the physical ones are nowhere to be found but there are many great Chanukah Parties happening in the area, where you can spin the dreidel, devour jelly-filled Sugfanyiot
Chanukah on Ice
If you are looking for some physical activity while partying you can check out the Chabad of Upper West Side’s Chanukah on Ice in Wollman Rink on December 3rd from 6pm to 9pm. The Chabad of Upper West Side, led by Rabbi Solomo Kugel, caters to young professionals and families, so this event is good for all ages. You will be able to ice skate, eat delicious food and fantasize around the huge ice menorah, designed and hand-crafted by Bill Water.
MJE Chanukah Chagigah
Those in their 20s and 30s are welcome to the Manhattan Jewish Experience Chagigah on December 5. There will be Hannukah candles, latkes and sufganiyot, music and dancing! The Manhattan Jewish Experience leaders are observant but they welcome all.
On December 5, Ohab Zedek is hosting a special Channukah BBQ, where there will be yummy hot dogs, hamburgers, latkes, Kelly donuts, beer, music and of course, Chanukah lights.
Chanukah Gala to Benefit Children
Would you like to enjoy the holiday and also support Chai4ever Children, an amazing charity at the same time? If so, check out the Chanukah Gala to Benefit Children on December 8th, which will be hosted as West Side Institutional Synagogue. There will be comedy from Elon Gold, sushi from West Side Wok, appetizers from Park East Kosher, wine from Herzog and deserts from Chantilly.org. There will also be a silent auction with many great items, including a 1 hour Premier Chess private lesson.
If none of these are your cup of tea, the JCC of Manhattan has a lot of events for young Jewish professionals and families alike each night.
Perhaps you would like to celebrate the holiday at home with family. If so, you could buy delicious sugfaniyot at Grill 212, acquire a menorah at West Side Judaica and select some Kosher appetizers at Fischer Bros.
Or, if you’d like a private meal with family but don’t want to cook, you can devour steaks and special Chanukah treats at Talia’s Steakhouse.
Thus, whether you would like a young professional party, nice outdoor activity, fundraiser of low-key evening at home, there is something for you on the Upper West Side Chanukah!