Chanukah on the Upper West Side
December is right around the corner which means that it’s time to gear up for Chanukah on the Upper West Side! There are plenty of events to keep the party going for the full 8 days of the holiday. Read below to find out what are some of the best events to attend this Chanukah. From ice skating in Central Park to listening a choir concert, you won’t want to miss any of them!
Jewish Community Center
Join the lively community at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) for their annual Chanuka festivities! The community center, located at W. 76th St. and Amsterdam Ave, will host a different event during every night of the 8-day celebration. Each activity is scheduled to begin at 5.15pm
(4pm on Friday
) and features a nightly candle lighting ceremony. Some of the events held during past years included jazz performances, wine tastings, a chant circle and Chanuka singing group, a pop-up Chanukah party, a Shabbat Shabbang Jr., and a choir concert. Traditional food for the holiday such as latkes and doughnuts will be served on some of the events. For more information on their events celebrating Chanukah on the Upper West Side, please click here
305 Amsterdam Ave.
The hummus at Hummus Place is exceptionally smooth and creamy. You can order it with a side of condiments for extra added flavor such as olives, raw onions, pickles, or savory herbs. The combinations are virtually endless! Sample a few of them by ordering their three-in-one platter and don’t forget to accompany them with some warm pita bread for dipping. Even though hummus originated in the Middle East, the menu here is mostly inspired by Mediterranean fare. Try one of their homemade salads, malawachs, falafels, or shakshukas for a dish as authentic as you could find in the streets of Tel Aviv. The restaurant’s mom-and-pop cozy feel make this the perfect stop for a kosher meal for Chanukah on the Upper West Side.
Hanukkah Family Day
The Jewish Museum
Hanukkah Family Day at The Jewish Museum (right across the park, on 92nd and Fifth!) will take place on December 18
from 12 to 4PM
at the Scheuer Auditorium. The family-friendly event celebrates the festival of lights by showcasing a Chanukah lamp that’s decorated with a cool array of funky objects. Children will be able to participate in various arts and crafts activities as well as dance to the energetic music of ShirLaLa (Shira Kline). Kline is an award-winning NY performer who incorporates interactive storytelling through her catchy pop/rock tunes. Kids will learn to dance like the flickering candles and sizzle like the hot latkes through ShirLaLa’s infectious melodies. Families will also be able to explore the museum’s famous collection of Hanukkah lamps. This event is a must-do for families looking to immerse their children in the history behind Chanukah.
Festival of Lights
West End Synagogue
The West End Synagogue’s annual Festival of Lights
celebration is a treat for those with little ones in their families. The event organizes arts and crafts activities and workshops for kids. Adults will be able to partake in some dreidel games and communal singing. Latkes and hot drinks will be served before and after the official lightening of the menorah. Attendees are encouraged to bring a can of food as a donation gift to the City Harvest. They are a not-for-profit organization that is operated by volunteers and provide food supplies to New York’s homeless community.
Chanukah on the Ice
Enjoy an evening of ice skating, live music, and classic Chanukah treats at the 10th annual Chanukah on the Ice
celebration. This fun event is beloved by the Jewish community in New York City and will take place on Tuesday December 27
from 4 to 7PM
. Both of the rinks at Central Park’s Lasker Rink will be open for the special occasion. A giant ice menorah sculpture will be installed by the rinks and a special guest will light the candles up. Attendees will also be able to play a giant spinning game of Dreidel and rock out to the music of a renowned Jewish band. The event is organized by the Chabad of the West Side and is considered to be one of the most spectacular festivals celebrating Chanukah on the Upper West Side and in the entire nation.
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Edgar is a a film fanatic, a food lover, and an Upper West Side enthusiast. After working in PR and marketing in Chicago, he is pursuing his dream of becoming a writer. He loves photography and on his spare time you can find him hiking or biking the great outdoors (while also snapping some pretty awesome Instagram pics!).