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CBE Chanukah Celebration 2020/5781

Join your CBE community in creating light each night of Chanukah! All events will take place on Zoom.

Check the STAR-Lite for ZOOM links and passwords for all events or send an email to or contact Ezra at 978-263-3061, ext 11.

Scroll down or click on the links below for the schedule and more detail of events on each night of Chanukah.  

Join us every night of Chanukah for these activities


Join this fun yearly tradition and enter the Menorah Contest!

  • 8 places for candles on one level and a place for the shamash on another level.
  • These are not meant to be lit, so you can use any materials that work for you.
  • A picture of you and your menorah must be sent to Beth at by Thursday, December 3rd.


Please send pictures of yourself with your favorite menorah (now or in the past) to


Each night (except Shabbat), BBYO members will present a new set of challenges! Daily results will be tabulated, and grand winners announced at the CBE Coffee House!


Check each day's schedule, below, for the time.

Thursday, December 10


6:30 pm

Storytelling Event:  Chanukah Story and Craft

7:15 pm

Community Candle Lighting


Storytelling Event:  Chanukah Story and Craft!

Marilyn Price, master storyteller and puppeteer will lead us in the stories that enlighten our days and celebrate the freedom we share at The Festival of the Lights.  We will start by making characters for our stories (all from things you already have in your homes) and then hear some wonderful stories that bring back deLIGHTful memories of Chanukah and shine the light on the future.  This program is open to all ages!
You might have on hand some paper (construction or plain), scissors, markers or crayons, an old envelope and scotch tape).  Come be a shamas (helper) and light up the stories with your own imagination. 

Friday, December 11

5:30 pm

Tot Shabbat

6:00 pm

Community candle lighting

6:15 pm

Ruach Shabbat


Tot Shabbat

All of our youngest children and their grownups are invited to sing, dance, and pray with Rabbi Mike and Beth Goldstein.

Ruach Shabbat

Everyone join us for Shabbat and Hanukkah Blessings!

Saturday, December 12

6:30 pm

Community candle lighting

6:45 pm

Great Jewish Fry Off


Become a Latke Star at the GREAT JEWISH FRY OFF! - Email to sign up by December 6th

Are you one of the best Jewish fryers/bakers in the world? Is your family’s latke recipe to die for? Have you ever wanted to star in the beloved show, Great British Bakeoff? Now’s your chance!

Even if you said no to all of the above, this is still your time to shine!

For Chanukah this year, the Adult Ed committee presents The Great Jewish Fry Off, virtual latke style. Sign up to be one of our contestants and show off your latke frying skills.

Our lead fryer/baker and chef extraordinaire, Ellen Krueger, will show all the contestants the ropes. You’ll then fry away from the comfort of your own homes, as the audience follows along. We will send Ellen’s latke recipe to all contestants (but you can always use your own) and we’ll also do a quick overview of the event ahead of time with all the contestants. 

Our esteemed panel of judges will not be able to taste any of the food they'll be judging - but obstacles will be overcome! Off to the races! Who will take home the grand prize in this year's Great Jewish Fry Off

To sign up, email by December 6th.

Sunday, December 13

6:30 pm

Community candle lighting

6:45 pm

Digital Dreidel


Digital Dreidel!!!

Join Sisterhood in an action-packed contest for dreidel superiority! Participants young and old will be matched and rematched for the ultimate game of online dreidel!

Monday, December 14

6:30 pm

Community candle lighting

6:45 pm

Rededication of Democracy


Rededication to Democracy

On this date, when the Electoral College casts its ballots for the next President, we take time to acknowledge, celebrate, and support democracy. We will hear from first-time voters and from people who have chosen to become American citizens. Join Na’aseh for stories, poetry, and discussion.

 If you or someone close to you was a first time voter, we’d like to recognize and celebrate that person. Send the name of your first-time voter to

 If you or someone you know would like to share a story of becoming a citizen as part of our Rededication to Democracy event, e-mail

Tuesday, December 15

6:30 pm

Community candle lighting

6:45 pm

Chanukah Art


Brotherhood Celebrates Chanukah with an Art Project!

Brotherhood is supporting a one hour Cookie Decorating project.

Order cookies and the decorating kit by Tuesday, December 8th, 6 PM from Jen Walsh of DarlingBeMine  at this Google Order Form link:

Brotherhood is financially supporting this endeavor for the first 20 families that sign up. 
The cost will be at $1 per cookie, and there are two kits to choose from - six cookies and twelve cookies.

Pickup of the cookie kits will be at CBE on December 15th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm out front or under a solar panel if there is inclement weather.  We will NOT be doing deliveries.

Wednesday, December 16

6:30 pm

Community candle lighting

6:45 pm

Chanukaht HaBayit (Mezuzah ceremony) and Learning


Chanukat Mezuzah!

The literal meaning of the word “chanukah” is dedication. After the victory of the Maccabees in 167 BCE, the Temple in Jerusalem was restored and rededicated. Like our ancestors, we celebrate this historical moment at Chanukah-time.
Today, we also bring the past forward by re-interpreting the holiday as we wish - as has been done by every generation. During this week, we will celebrate in a variety of ways: playing the dreidel game, eating oily foods to remind us of the miracle of the oil, and by lighting the chanukiah (Chanukah menorah) to bring light into this dark world.
Another way to think of this holiday is to rededicate ourselves as Jews, in our Jewish homes. One of the ways we declare to the world that our home is a Jewish home is by placing a mezuzah “on the doorposts” of our home. In fact, the ritual for affixing the mezuzah is called Chanukat Habayit (dedication of the home). Most of us have a mezuzah on at least one of our doorposts, but all of us could use another.  It is a mitzvah to place them wherever there is a doorpost in our homes – like the bedroom door, the living room door, etc. - so you can always use another!
On Wednesday, December 16th, we will gather as a community to affix mezuzot to our doorposts to rededicate ourselves to our Jewish heritage. We will also learn more about mezuzot, the Chanukah menorah, and other Jewish ways to make our homes a sanctuary of light, as we collectively say the blessing for our new mezuzot.

Need a mezuzah?  

  • We are placing an order at the Israel Book Shop in Brookline for mezuzah parchments as well as plain, clear plastic covers for anyone who would like to participate!   The image above is the mezuzah we are ordering and you can find the full description HERE.   The total cost is $41.50.  ORDER HERE by December 8th.  The breakdown, per complete mezuzah is as follows:
Klaf (scroll):         $38
Mezuzah case:   $ 2.50
Delivery (est.):    $ 1.00
TOTAL:              $41.50
  • If you’d like to choose your own mezuzah (you’ll need a parchment and a cover) and have it delivered to your home, you can order one directly online. To support a local Jewish bookstore, check out Shuki’s or Kolbo or Israel Book Shop.
Please contact Ezra Habif in the office or Cantor Sarra with any questions!

Thursday, December 17

6:30 pm

Community candle lighting

6:45 pm

CBE Coffee House


CBE Coffee House!

Calling all artists, of every age, to share your creativity at the CBE Coffee House!

We are looking for singers, musicians, storytellers, dancers, movie makers, poets, visual artists, and more! Present your art for the Chanukah finale.

Think about how your art can “shed light” on a theme of Chanukah, such as freedom of expression, light over darkness, power, liberation, latkes!  Each performance should be less than 5 minutes, and will take place over Zoom. Open to all ages!

Interested in brightening up the CBE community’s spirits this Chanukah? Email us at

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781