Community Celebrations

Throughout the year, the J invites the community to join us for holiday celebrations.

Hundreds of people dress up and play at our Purim Carnival and celebrate Hanukkah Under the Stars with us every year. We also have a Sukkot dinner in the Kesher Community Garden every fall, community Hanukkah candle lightings in the winter, and family Passover Seders in the spring, and more.

On select Fridays—on both our Mercer Island and Seattle campuses—newborns, babies, toddlers, and their parents are welcome to join friends for Tot Shabbat with songs and challah. During the summer, families are encouraged to join their kids as they celebrate Shabbat with the entire SJCC Summer Camp.

Hands-On Hanukkah

Sunday, December 11 
11 am-1 pm
Northgate Mall, 401 NE Northgate Way, Seattle

Doing some holiday shopping? Stop by Northgate Mall for a fun hands-on Hanukkah experience for the whole family! Make edible dreidels, decorate Hanukkah placemats, spin a giant dreidel, make a photo book, win prizes, and more! Families of all backgrounds are welcome!

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting

Tuesday, December 27 – Friday, December 30
3:30 p.m. daily

Light the menorah with us during the week of Hanukkah. Join us in the SJCC lobby for singing, candle lighting, and storytelling.

Menorah Mania

Saturday, December 17
5:30-7:30 pm
FREE for the entire community

Join us for our annual community-wide Hanukkah celebration! Make your own Hanukkah menorah to take home, decorate cookies, play life-sized dreidel game. Plus, enjoy performances from the Klezmatics and a re-telling of the Hanukkah story from the local musicians of Shul of Rock.

Food will be available for purchase from Napkin Friends, Delfino’s Chicago Pizza, and Street Donuts.

Please also bring supplies to donate to our mitzvah project: care kits to deliver to the homeless. Suggested items include:

  • Reusable water bottles
  • Non-perishable snacks (i.e. granola bars, jerky, nuts, etc)
  • Sunscreen
  • Eye drops
  • New underwear/boxers and socks
  • Hand warmers
  • New combs, brushes, nail care items
  • Razors
  • Deodorant
  • First aid supplies
  • Nail care items
  • Tissues
  • Ethnic hair supplies
  • Sunscreen
  • Eye drops


Thank you to our co-presenter The Jewish Day School of Metropolitan Seattle and additional sponsors Camp Solomon Schechter and Chabad Mercer Island.

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