Looking for a fun way to celebrate Hanukkah this year? Check out these local events in and near Portland. Please follow safety protocols in place at each venue. If you’re not quite ready to gather in person, Congregation Neveh Shalom is hosting a Virtual Community Chanukah Candle-Lighting. Happy Hanukkah, wherever you choose to celebrate this year!

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Portland’s Public Menorah at Pioneer Courthouse Square
Chabad of Oregon will light Portland’s Public Hanukkah menorah at Pioneer Courthouse Square. On the first night, November 28, there will be live music, Chanukah foods, dignitaries and festivities to kick of the eight nights of Chanukah.
Where: Pioneer Courthouse Square
When: November 28-December 5, 4:30-6p

Gresham Outdoor Giant Menorah Lighting
New Gresham Chabad Jewish Center will host a Chanukah celebration, including menorah lighting, a giant inflatable dreidel, Chanukah music, candy gelt and dreidels.
Where: Gresham Arts Plaza, 401 NE 2nd St.
When: Sunday, November 28, 5p
Cost: Free

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Vancouver Community Chanukah Celebration
Join for the first night of Chanukah and the lighting of the Grand Menorah. There will also be a live ice carving demonstration, multi-media Chanukah presentation, and donuts and cocoa.
Where: Esther Short Park, 610 Esther St., Vancouver WA
When: November 28, 5-6p
Cost: Free

Virtual Chanukah Story Hour with Eric Kimmel
Green Bean Books and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland will host a virtual story time with Eric Kimmel.
Where: Virtual, register here.
When: November 28, 4p

Handmade Hanukkah Menorah-Making Workshop
Make your very own unique menorah at this family-friendly workshop! Price includes all materials and instruction.
Where: Sellwood Community House, 1436 SE Spokane St., Portland, OR 97202
When: November 28, 11a-2:30p. Register here.
Cost: $20

DIY Steel Dreidel Making Class and Chanukah Celebration for Russian Speaking Families
Create a beautiful piece of steel art for your family, friends, or just for you this holiday season.
Where: Standard Steel, Portland
When: November 28, 5:30-7:30p
Cost: $10 per kit

Hanukkah Donuts + Dreidels
Enjoy arts and crafts, dreidels, story time, singing, and eat some delicious sufganiyot (jelly donuts) at this family-friendly Hanukkah celebration. 
Where: Mittleman Jewish Community Center, 6651 SW Capitol Highway, Portland, OR 97219
When: Sunday, December 5, 1-3p
Cost: $5/family

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