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A center court video board shows Rabbi Yitzi Kaltmann, of Chabad of Downtown Columbus, lighting the menorah at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Dec. 29, 2019, for Chabad of Columbus’ seventh annual Jewish Heritage Night at a Columbus Blue Jackets hockey game.

TBS/JFS Chanukah toy drive

Temple Beth Shalom

5089 Johnstown Road, New Albany

Beth Shalom is teaming up with Jewish Family Services for a Chanukah toy drive to help local families in need. This year donors are encouraged to give gift cards in the interest of health and safety amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. TBS members are encouraged to send gift cards to Beth Shalom’s office, and they will match these with families. Donors are encouraged to donate gift cards from places like Amazon, Target and Kohl’s and can donate by either purchasing the cards online and shipping them to TBS or select the “print at home” option and delivered the printed copy to TBS. The synagogue is requesting all gift cards be submitted by Nov. 15 so they can be distributed before Chanukah.

Wexner Heritage Village

Chanukah food, clothing drive

8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Through Dec. 22

Wexner Heritage Village

1151 College Ave., Columbus

Wexner Heritage Village’s Chanukah programming with the Stone Soup Food & Clothing Drive runs through Dec. 22. The food and clothing drive benefits Bishop Griffin Resource Center and Food Pantry. Donation boxes are in the Wexner Heritage House, Creekside and Cottage lobbies. The lobbies are staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Staff may donate anytime. Guests are welcome to donate during those hours.

For more information, email

Nov. 20

Chanukah tot Shabbat

4 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom

5089 Johnstown Road, New Albany

Join singer Marc Rossio, senior Rabbi Benjy Bar-Lev and associate Rabbi Lenette Herzog and religious school administrator Angelo Dunlap for songs, stories, snacks and crafts.

For more information, contact Amanda Cohen at 614-855-4882 or

Nov. 21

‘Chanukah Extravaganza’

3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Beth Jacob Congregation

1223 College Ave., Columbus

Beth Jacob Congregation will celebrate Chanukah with activities and food. Schwarma restaurant night will begin at 5 p.m. with Catering by Arie.

Nov. 28

Torat Emet ‘Legos and Lunch’

10:40 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Congregation Torat Emet, 2375 E. Main St., Columbus

Congregation Torat Emet will have a Chanukah luncheon, “Legos and Lunch” For more information, contact or 614-238-6778.

Maccabee landing and chocolate dreidel drop

2 p.m., Chabad Columbus

New Albany High School stadium

7600 Fodor Road, New Albany

Chabad Columbus will open its Chanukah programming with a skydiving performance followed by a chocolate turkey dreidel drop. To RSVP, visit

‘Chanukah Wonderland’

Start time TBD, Chabad Columbus

Drexel Circle, Southwest corner Drexel and Broad St. , Bexley

The “Chanukah Wonderland” event will include: Latke ice fishing; snowflake doughnut toss; a menorah snow globe; along with Chanukah prizes; doughnuts, dreidels and apple cider for attendees. For details, visit

Nov. 29

Ohio Statehouse Menorah Lighting

7 p.m., Chabad Columbus

Ohio State House, 1 Capitol Square, Columbus

The menorah lighting will be followed by a Chanukah party in the Statehouse Museum gallery from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

For details, visit

Nov. 30

‘CTeen Chanukah glow out party’

7 p.m., Chabad Columbus.

The Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center

6220 E. Dublin Granville Road, New Albany,

The CTeen Chanukah glow out party will feature: Xtreme laser tag; glow in the dark doughnuts; all-you-can-eat latkes; a glow-in-the-dark pingpong championship and a laser beam menorah. Participants are asked to wear “white shirt attire” for glow in the dark effects.

For more information, visit

Menorah lighting at Polaris Fashion Place

7 p.m., Chabad Columbus

Polaris Fashion Place, 1500 Polaris Parkway, Lewis Center

There will be doughnuts, apple cider and dreidels for attendees after the menorah lighting. For more information, visit

Dec. 1

Virtual Chanukah concert

Temple Beth Shalom

Temple Beth Shalom will hold a virtual Chanukah concert with Gail Rose and Orlay Alonso. The concert will be streamed on TBS’s website, its Facebook site and YouTube channel. For more information, contact Amanda Cohen at 614-855-4882 or

Chanukah ‘Latk-ail’

TBD, Chabad Columbus

Bexley Premier Restaurant, 2525 E. Main St., Bexley

Chabad Columbus in New Albany will have a Chanukah cocktail hour at Bexley Premier Restaurant. For more information, visit To RSVP, visit

Dec. 2

Menorah lighting at the Mall at Tuttle Crossing

7 p.m., Chabad Columbus

The Mall at Tuttle Crossing, 5043 Tuttle

Crossing Blvd., Dublin

There will be doughnuts, apple cider and dreidels for attendees after the menorah lighting.

For more information, visit

Dec. 3

Consecration and Chanukah party

6:30 p.m., Temple Beth Shalom

5089 Johnstown Road, New Albany

Consecration will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by a menorah lighting and a Chanukah party outside in the parking lot with propane heaters and campfires. There will be a brisket and latke dinner, doughnuts, s’mores and hot cocoa. There will also be a dreidel tournament, a decorate your car contest, magician and more.

For more information, contact Amanda Cohen at 614-855-4882 or To RSVP, email by Nov. 30.

‘Friday Night of Lights’ family dinner

4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Chabad Columbus

The Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center

6220 E. Dublin Granville Road, New Albany

The event begins with the lighting of the menorah and is followed 10 minutes later with a Shabbat program and three-course meal for families. For more information, visit

Dec. 4

‘Chanukah under the Stars’

6:15 p.m., Congregation Tifereth Israel

1354 E. Broad St., Columbus

Tifereth Israel will hold a musical havdalah and concert in the synagogue parking lot, featuring Rabbi Josh Warshawsky, and Rabbis Hillel Skolnik and Alex Braver. Attendees can bring their own chanukiyah to light. There will be s’mores, hot chocolate and telescopes. For a profile of Warshawsky, turn to page 10.

Menorah lighting at the mall at Easton Town Square

7 p.m., Chabad Columbus

Easton Town Center, 160 Easton Town Center, Columbus

There will be doughnuts, apple cider and dreidels for attendees after the menorah lighting. For more information, visit

Dec. 5

‘Hershel & the HanukKah Goblins’

10:30 a.m., Congregation Tifereth Israel.

1354 E. Broad St., Columbus

Religious school students will be able to enjoy pizza and sufganiyot while watching a stage performance of the children’s book, “Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins.”

Chanukah bingo

11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Congregation Ahavas Sholom

2568 E. Broad St, Bexley

Ahavas Sholom will hold a Chanukah lunch and bingo for families. For details, contact Ahavas Sholom at or 614-252-4815.

Communitywide Chanukah party

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. , Columbus Community Kollel

2513 E Main St., Bexley

Columbus Community Kollel will present a communitywide Chanukah party, featuring music and dancing, food and words of inspiration. For details, contact To RSVP, email

Columbus Blue Jackets Jewish Heritage Night

6 p.m. Nationwide Arena

200 W. Nationwide Blvd., Columbus

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ Jewish Heritage Night will take place during its game versus the San Jose Sharks at 6 p.m. Dec. 5. Attendees will get a Hebrew Columbus Blue Jackets scarf and see the lighting of the menorah during an extended timeout. There is also a food and beverage package available. There will be a drawing where one winner will get a Zamboni ride and four people will have the opportunity to be in the penalty box during warm ups. Winners will be notified by phone 48 hours prior to the game. All may take part in a post game slap shot on the ice.

For more information, contact Jared Horan at 614-246-3280 or

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