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Chanukah Calendar!


Longmeadow – Babyccino Chanukah Series for moms and babies 0-3, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m., Agawam Public Library, 750 Cooper St., (413) 567-8665.

Pittsfield – Winter Shabbat Community Crib and Latke Dinner; service led by Religious School and Youth Group, which is collecting new clothing, books, toys, baby formula, diapers and other new items for children aged 6 months through 18 years of age for donation to local charities, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Temple Anshe Amunim, 26 Broad St., RSVP: (413) 442-5910, Dinner: $15/adults; $6/children; $35/max. for families with children



Great Barrington – Tot Shabbat: Chanukah, join the rabbis and songleader Max for special Chanukah craft, a story, singing and blessings and Shabbat snack with friends and family, 9-10 a.m., Hevreh, 270 State Road.

Northampton – “A Night of A Thousand Lights,” an adult only evening with food, drinks, auction, karaoke and dancing, 7-11 p.m., 257 Prospect St., (413) 584-6622. Tickets: $10, available at LGA during school hours or at the door.

Worcester – YAD Havdalukah Celebration, 7 p.m., For more information, contact



Amherst – Chanukah Celebration at the Yiddish Book Center; a day of free holiday activities for families, including holiday song workshop, stories and crafts, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., 1021 West St., (413) 256-4900.

Amherst – JCA Chaggim B’Yachad (Holidays Together) Chanukah party, with food and music, 5-5:30 p.m., 742 Main St. Open to the public.

Great Barrington – Third Annual Yachad Chanukah celebration; students will make holiday gift kits for those in need and parents will have break-out learning sessions, followed by singing and snacks, 10 – 12:30 p.m., Hevreh, 270 State Road.

Longmeadow – Dreidel workshop at Lowe’s, a hands-on building experience with Aleph Bet Hebrew School (this year creating “rocket dreidels with launchers), and including holiday music and donuts, 1-3 p.m., Lowe’s at 1560 Boston Road, (413) 567-8665 or

Northampton – Chanukah Art Studio for 3-5 year olds, Make Your Own Menorah at Lander –Grinspoon Academy, featuring story time with Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, 10 -11:30 a.m.; 257 Prospect St., All are welcome. $5/ suggested family donation.

Springfield – 25th Annual Chanukah Road Race, a 5K race, with trophies for top, male, female, 13-17, and under 12 winners; first 100 participants receive Drifit t-shirts, 9:30 a.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., Register: $25/entry fee

Springfield – Illumination: A Celebration of Chanukah, family event at the Springfield Museums, co-sponsored by Springfield JCC and PJ Library, with dreidel games, arts projects, puppet show, donut decorating, planetarium showing, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 21 Edwards St., Free if you register in advance: (413) 739-4715 or

Springfield – Menorah Workshop for children and families, 1-3 p.m., at Lowe’s, 1560 Boston Road in Springfield, RSVP required: (413) 567-8665 or FREE; space limited.

Worcester – Central Mass Chabad Chanukah Workshop at Home Depot Worcester, 10 – 11 a.m., (508) 579-1852.



Longmeadow – Heritage Academy’s Annual Hanukkah Show, staring “Hanukkah Heroes,” 6:30 – 8 p.m., 594 Converse St., RSVP: (413) 567-1517 *Open to the public.



Worcester – Latke Workshop for kids 3-13, 4:30 p.m., Central Mass Chabad, 22 Newton Ave.



Springfield – Bobbie Levin Nifty 90s Chanukah Celebration honoring guests who are aged 90 and older, with city of Springfield dignitaries presenting citations and entertainment by Frank Jackson, 1:30 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715. Tickets: $8



Holyoke – First Annual Holyoke Chanukah Menorah Lighting, 5:30 p.m., with Mayor Alex Morse, 9-foot tall menorah donated by the Epstein family, a brief Chanukah story, singing, and Chanukah dreidels, in partnership with Sons of Zion, Jewish Fed. of Western Mass. and Rodphey Sholom, taking place in front of Holyoke City Hall, (413) 322-5510.

Northampton – Community Chanukah Event, with community candle lighting, singer, kosher Chinese buffet, movies for children, teens and adults, PJ Library activity for young families followed by a dance party for everyone, 5 p.m., Congregation B’nai Israel, 253 Prospect St., (413) 584-6622. $10/person; $5/under 12. *Please bring winter clothing (new or gently used) coats, hats, mittens, scarves, boots for new refugee families.

Springfield – Community-wide First Light Chanukah event, havdallah led by JCC Ass. Dir. Rabbi James Greene and joined by Cantor Martin Levson and Rabbi Howard Kosovske of Sinai Temple; lighting of the largest menorah in Western Mass., followed by latkes and activity tables in the lobby to create donations for the needy, 5:15 p.m., Springfield JCC, 1160 Dickinson St., (413) 739-4715.

Worcester – First Night of Chanukah party, 8 p.m., Central Mass Torah Center, 12 Creswell Road, (508) 414-7325 or



Longmeadow – Annual Katz Family Chanukah Breakfast at Congregation B’nai Torah, 9 a.m., 2 Eunice Drive, (413) 567-0036. FREE & open to the public.

Longmeadow – Chanukah Funnikah, LYA PTO event with an olive press demonstration, games to play and fun activities, a Chinese lunch and hot dogs for sale; 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., LYA, 1148 Converse St., (413) 567-8665.

Worcester – Chanukah on Wheels at Roller Kingdom with Central Mass Chabad, noon.

Worcester – YAD Movie and Chinese, For more information, contact



Longmeadow – Chanukah Extravaganza at Longmeadow Shops, with menorah lighting and Chanukah activities, music, dreidels, latkes and donuts, Henry the Juggler, and glow torch show, and building of candy menorah; activites, 3:30- 4:30 p.m.; construction of menorah, 4:30 p.m.; menorah lighting, 5 p.m.; glow torch show, 5:15 p.m., (413) 348-4978.

Worcester – Central Mass Torah Center Chanukah Party at the Willows, 7:30 p.m., (508) 414-7325 or



Longmeadow – Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) Chanukah Dinner with entertainment by mentalist, adults only, 6:30 p.m., 1148 Converse St., RSVP: (413) 348-4978 or   $30

Springfield – Menorah Lighting at Court Square, with latkes, donuts, cocoa, and dreidels, appearance by Mayor Domenic Sarno and dignitaries, 3:30 p.m., (413) 567-8665 or *Candle lighting times for the rest of the week are: Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.; Dec. 25, 26, 28, 29 at 4:30 p.m.; Dec. 30 at 3:30 p.m.; and Dec. 31 at 6 p.m.

Worcester – Grand Menorah Lighting in Newton Square, 5 p.m., followed by Chanukah party at Central Mass Chabad, 22 Newton Ave., (508) 579-1852.



Holyoke – Sons of Zion Kids’ Chanukah Party for Ages 2 to 8 and their caregivers, with music, games of dreidel, latkes, crafts and stories, 1-2:30 p.m., Holyoke Public Library Community Room, 250 Chestnut St., (413) 534-3369.

Longmeadow – Join LYA and light a menorah on the Longmeadow Town Green, featuring Chanukah treats, 4 p.m. at Longmeadow Town Green, (413) 567-8665.



Worcester – YJP Chanukah Party, 8 p.m., at Cigar Bar-1, Exchange St., (508) 414-7325 or



Worcester – Shabbat Chanukah Dinner hosted by Rabbi Mendel and Chanie Fogelman, 7 p.m., 53 Midland St., (508) 579-1852.



Worcester – “Light The Night,” a Festive Public Menorah Lighting sponsored by Central Mass Torah Center, with ice skating, musical entertainment, hot latkes, donuts, kosher concession stand and Chanukah raffle, 6:30 p.m., at Worcester Common Oval, (508) 414-7325 or email

Worcester – Chanukah/New Year’s Party for Chabad Young Professionals (CYP), 9 p.m. – 12:01 a.m., Krock Family Chabad, 300 Salisbury St., (508) 579-1852.

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