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Where to Celebrate Hanukkah with Kids in Baltimore


As you may have noticed from the proliferation of holiday decorations and the chill in the air, the holiday season is upon us and Hanukkah is almost here. As a special present, we have rounded up a mega-sized line-up of events in the Baltimore area to help you celebrate and entertain your kids indoors as the weather grows increasingly cold and blustery.

Hanukkah 2015 begins at sundown on Sunday, December 6th and concludes at sundown on Monday, December 14th—giving you two full weekends of latke eating fun!

Hanukkah Events

Making the Holidays Meaningful
Enjoy dinner and havdalah and learn tips to make your family’s Hanukkah celebration even more meaningful. For parents & children together. RSVP required.
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light St., Suite D
Saturday, Dec. 5, 5:30 p.m.

Hands on Holidays–Baltimore County
A free holiday celebration featuring story time, songs, and a take home craft. For children ages 5 and under, RSVP requested.
The Ivy Bookshop, 6080 Falls Road, Baltimore
Sunday, Dec. 6, 10 a.m.

Hands on Holidays–City
Free holiday story time with songs and a take home craft—held at various libraries throughout the city. For children ages 5 and under.
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 11:15 a.m., Light Street Branch
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 10:30 a.m.,
Central Library
Wednesday, Dec. 16, 11 a.m.,
Southeast Anchor Branch

A Family Hanukkah Celebration with Joanie Leeds
Get into a rocking Hanukkah mood with a concert featuring Jewish kids’ music favorite Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street
Sunday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m.

PJ Library Hanukkah Event at Hunt Valley Town Center
Drop in for crafts, story time, singing, and dancing to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah. Free and open to the public.
Greetings & Readings, Hunt Valley Town Center, 1118 Shawan Rd, Cockeysville
Sunday, Dec 6, 1 – 4 p.m.

Al Hanisim – Celebrating Miracles
Bring the whole family to celebrate the miracle of Hanukkah and commemorate November 29—the date of the U.N. vote that paved the way for the creation of modern day Israel. Enjoy a light dinner, klezmer music, Hanukkah candle lighting, and kid-friendly activities.
Weinberg Park Heights JCC Auditorium, 5700 Park Heights Ave.
Wednesday, Dec. 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

PJ Library Hanukkah – Carroll County
Celebrate Hanukkah with PJ Library at the Hebrew Learning Center. Free for Learning Center families.
Eldersburg Jewish Congregation, Freedom Masonic Lodge 112, 2253 Liberty Rd., Sykesville
Thursday, Dec. 10, 4:30 – 6 p.m.

Hanukkah Party @ Owings Mills JCC
Musical entertainment, crafts, latkes, and Hanukkah fun with the JCC parent and infant department. RSVP requested.
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills
Friday, Dec. 11, 10:30 a.m.

Vered and the Babes
Get your Hanukkah groove on at a concert featuring children’s group Vered and the Babes.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave.
Sunday, Dec. 13, 10:30 a.m.

Menorah Mania at Port Discovery
Enjoy one of three Hanukkah-related science and math-based sessions including an interactive retelling of the Hanukkah story. Light up a potato-powered menorah, learn math concepts through candles, menorahs, and the dreidel game, build your own menorah using building blocks and upcycled materials, and create your own candles. Free with museum admission.
Port Discovery, 35 Market Place, Baltimore
Sunday, Dec. 13,1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 4 p.m.

The Maccabeats – Family Chanukah Concert
The entire family will enjoy rhythmic stylings of The Maccabeats performing Jewish a capella renditions of both popular and traditional tunes. Best for ages 4 and up.
The Gordon Center for the Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave. Owings Mills
Sunday, Dec. 13, 3 p.m.

Shabbat Fun and More

J Town Birthday Celebration
Baltimore’s only (and most amazing) indoor Jewish play space for kids is celebrating its first anniversary beginning on Sunday, November 29, and they have planned a week-long line-up of events to mark the occasion. So bust out your party hat and head on down to celebrate! RSVP requested for all events. To learn more and register for events, click here.
All events will be held at J Town in the Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights AvenueSunday, Nov. 29 – Friday, Dec. 4

Challah Tots
Welcome Shabbat with songs, crafts, candle lighting, kiddush¸ and a challah snack.
Rosenblum Owings Mills JCC, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills
Friday, Dec. 4, 11 a.m.

Family Shabbat Services
Family-friendly Friday night service followed by an Oneg Shabbat, held on the first Friday of every month.
Beth Israel Congregation, 3706 Crondall Lane, Owings Mills
Friday, Dec. 4, 6:45 p.m.

Tot Shabbat
Kids up to 5 years old and their families will enjoy an interactive service filled with songs, prayer, puppets, and Torah stories.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave.
Friday, Dec. 5, 11:15 a.m.

Open Play Sundays at the DBJCC
Kids bouncing off the walls? Bring them down to the Downtown Baltimore JCC for a morning of open play.
Downtown Baltimore JCC, 1118 Light Street, Suite D
Sundays Dec. 13 & Dec. 20, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Saturday Night Music @ Eden Café
Enjoy the music of accomplished pianist/vocalist Alan Levin performing live at the Eden Café at the Park Heights JCC. Alan will be performing a mixture of jazz, pop, rock, blues, and standards.
Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave.
Saturday, Dec. 12, 8 – 9:30 p.m.

Sensory Shabbat
A sensory-friendly Shabbat morning service including singing, dancing, and a lively prayer experience. Assistive devices and fidgets are welcome. Geared toward children and adults on the autism spectrum and open to all.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave.
Saturday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.

Cycle for Good
Burn off those latke and gelt calories and raise money for Etgarim, an Israeli organization that serves children and adults with a wide range of disabilities. Multiple sessions will be held at both the Owings Mills and Park Heights JCCs with co-ed and female-only sessions.
Sunday, Dec. 13
Rosenbloom Owings Mills JCC,
3506 Gwynnbrook Ave.
All sessions co-ed: 8 – 9 a.m., 9 – 10 a.m., 10 – 11 a.m.

Weinberg Park Heights JCC, 5700 Park Heights Ave.
Coed session: 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.
Female-only session: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

History of Jewish Baltimore & Operation Exodus
A private museum tour and conversation with the Executive Director of the Jewish Museum of Maryland and a past-President of the Baltimore Jewish Council whose term of office took place during Operation Exodus. For children ages 10 and over and their families.
Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street
Thursday, Dec. 17, 6 p.m.

Disney Pajama Havdalah
Come in your PJs and enjoy an original production by the Beth El preschool teachers and clergy, followed by milk and cookies.
Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Ave.
Saturday, Dec. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Mitzvah Day
What’s a Jew to do on Christmas day? Before your lo mein and movie, take some time and give back to the community. It’s a great way to teach your kids about tzedakah. There are tons of events at different times and locations, so you can pick one that suits your needs, interests, and schedule. For more info, click here.
Thursday, Dec. 24 & Friday, Dec. 25

Winter Family Camp
Join Community Connectors (and fellow parents) Jessica Fink and Carly Greenberg for some winter fun in J Town including open play, a puppet show, and a mitzvah project. For children and parents together.
J Town, Weinberg Park Heights JCC
Monday Dec. 28 & Tuesday, Dec. 29, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

New Year’s Family Camp
Bring the family—even the extended family—to Capital Camps’ annual New Year’s family camp. Play, learn, and ring in 2016 together.
Capital Camps, 12750 Buchanan Trail E, Waynesboro, PA
December 29 – January 1

Dec 29-January 1

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