Hanukkah in Madison

Hanukkah starts at sundown on Sunday, December 18 - nightfall on Monday, December 26, and there are lots of ways to celebrate in our community - even a few opportunities before the holiday!


Jewish Federation of Madison
Pre-Hanukkah Party
Sunday, December 11 from 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm
at Goodman Jewish Community Campus 

  • 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Israeli folk dancing (Rikudei Am)
  • 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Refreshments, including Sfenj (Moroccan doughnuts) and children's story
  • 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm - Menorah making and competition

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Chabad of Madison
Grand Chanukah Celebration

Sunday, December 18 at 4:00 pm
at Hilldale (on the green at the Apple store)

Chanukah celebration with grand menorah lighting, gelt drop, entertainment, music, latkes, doughnuts, and Chanukah swag. Governor Evers and Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Dallet will be lighting the menorah.

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YJP (a Chabad of Madison affiliate)
Drinks & Dreidels

Thursday, December 22 from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
at SkyClub of Ovation 309

Young Jewish Professionals of Madison Annual Chanukah Party with, Sushi Chef, Rokkër Signature Mixes, Chanukah Delicacies, and Dreidel Tournament. Celebrate night number 5!

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Beth Israel Center
Hanukkah Party
Sunday, December 18 from 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
at Beth Israel Center

Beginning with Ma'ariv at 5:45 pm, followed by lighting hanukkiot, dreidel games, crafts, latkes and vegetarian chili, a Hanukkah singalong, and more!
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Congregation Shaarei Shamayim
Latkes & Light Chanukah Celebration
Friday, December 16 from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
at First Unitarian Society

  • 5:30 pm - Chanukah puppet show with Rabbi Laurie
  • 6:00 pm - Shabbat blessings and Chanukah songs; dinner, live music, Chanukah crafts and games
  • 7:45 pm - Hot chocolate and donuts by the fire 

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Chanukah Candle Lighting 
Monday, December 19 from 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
on Zoom
Join Rabbi Laurie to light the menorah from the comfort of your own home. We'll gather around, sing the blessings, and wish each other a Happy Chanukah. Contact office@shamayim.org for Zoom link.


Temple Beth El

Community Hanukkah Candle Lighting
Each night of Hanukkah at 6:30 pm
on Zoom
Each night a different group from TBE will lead us in the blessings as we light the candles together. Have your hanukkiyah and candles ready!

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A Whole Latke Fun: Young Families Hanukkah Party

Sunday, December 18 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
at Temple Beth El

A latke and pasta bar with an assortment of toppings, a festive song session with Cantor Jacob Niemi, stories, dreidel spinning, cookie decorating, sufganiyot, Hanukkah-themed crafts, a scavenger hunt, and menorah lighting.

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MJND (20s & 30s) Hanukkah Party 

Wednesday, December 21 from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
RSVP for location

Donuts, appetizers, and drinks. Games and dreidel will be played, and candles will be lit.

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Shabbat Hanukkah Dinner and Celebration

Friday, December 23 from 6:15 pm - 7:30 pm
at Temple Beth El

Menorah lighting, Chinese food buffet, latkes, and sufganiyot, and there will be dreidels and gelt on every table.

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UW Hillel and Chabad at UW
Public Candle Lighting & Celebration
Monday, December 19 at 4:30 pm
at Library Mall

Hanukkah celebration on campus with latkes, sufganiyot, and winter giveaways!

Questions? Contact Micah at marielrohr@uwhillel.org


UW Hillel
All events listed below are at UW Hillel

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Candle Lighting
Monday, December 19 - Thursday, December 22, Nightly at 5:00 pm
With latkes and sufganiyot (jelly-filled doughnuts)


Eco-Jews Hanukkah Gathering
Tuesday, December 13 at 7:00 pm


Hanukkah Challah Braiding
Thursday, December 15 from 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Scavenger Hunt
Monday, December 19
All day throughout the building


Cookie Decorating
Monday, December 19 from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Jewish Social Services (JSS)
Hanukkah Celebration

Friday, December 16 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at Oakwood Village

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Lechayim Lunchtime Plus Hanukkah Party
Monday, December 19 from 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
At Beth Israel Center

  • 11:00 am -11:30 am: Yoga from a chair
  • 11:00 am -11:30 am: Complimentary Blood pressure check with Lori Edelstein
  • 11:30 am - 12:15 pm: Lunch Requires RSVP by prior Wednesday. Harissa glazed chicken (veg option: sweet potato tagine), potato latkes, garlic green beans, challah rolls, sufganiyot & fresh fruit
  • 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm: Yid Vicious - Klezmer music

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Hanukkah Party
Tuesday, December 20 from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
at Capitol Lakes
See Details >


Madison Children's Museum
Yid Vicious Family Hanukkah Concert
Thursday, December 22 from 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
at Madison Children's Museum
Join Madison’s locally-grown klezmer band for a family holiday concert. See Details >


Adamah Neighborhood Table
Pre-order Latkes & Sufganiyot
at UW Hillel

Latkes and Sufganiyot are available to order thru Thursday, December 15. These Chanukah packs are available to pick up Monday, December 19 - Friday, December 23. Latkes and Sufganiyot will also be available during the week of Chanukah, but these pre-order items are at a discounted rate.

To Order >


TBE Sisterhood Judaica Shop
Open for Hanukkah Shopping
at Temple Beth El

Candles, menorahs, gelt, giftwrap, dreidels, and more!

In Person: Sundays, December 11, 18, 9:15 am - 12:00 pm; Wednesdays, December 7 & 14, 4:30 pm - 6:15 pm, or by appointment

To Order online for pickup >


    Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Hanukkah filled with warmth, light, and miracles.