Pre-Chanukah Events

Chanukah Cooking Demo

Temple Emanu-El is excited to partner with Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ to offer our congregants the opportunity to join a special Hanukkah Cooking Demo with award-winning chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav restaurant in Philadelphia on Wed., December 2 at 7:45 p.m. We will briefly gather on Zoom with other participating Greater MetroWest synagogues before joining the main event with Chef Solomonov.

This event is free to our congregants and there will be no solicitation of funds from Federation. To register, visit

The following dishes will be demonstrated by Chef Solomonov: Apple Shrub, Abe Fisher’s Potato Latkes, Roman Artichokes with Arugula and Olive Oil, Poached Salmon and Sfenj (Moroccan donuts) with Cinnamon and Sugar. Recipes will be provided in advance to all registrants.

 Chef and restauranteur Michael Solomonov won the James Beard Foundation awards for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic in 2011, Cookbook of the Year in 2016, and Outstanding Chef in 2017.

Chanukah Drive-Through

December 6 – 10:45 – 12:15

Swing by the Temple Emanu-El parking lot to pick up your Chanukah Bag filled with everything you need for  a festive Chanukah celebration as well as wish Rabbi Appell Mazel Tov on his installation as associate rabbi at Temple Emanu-El.

We also ask every car to bring a gift and/or food to donate to JFS of Central New Jersey for their annual holiday gift and food drive.

Join us for each night of Chanukah as we celebrate the festival of lights!

Chanukah Day One

December 10

5:00 PM – Latke and all the Fixings Cooking class with Sylvia Fallas

Register here.

Chanukah Day Two

December 11

5:00 PM – Chanukah Tot Shabbat

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6:00 PM – Shabbat Hallelu Chanukah Services

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Chanukah Day Three

December 12

9:00 AM – Simchat Shabbat

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5:00 PM – Havdalah and Candle Lighting

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Chanukah Day Four

December 13

10:45 AM – Chanukah Helping Hands

More information coming soon! 

Chanukah Day Five

December 14

7:15 PM – Sisterhood Membership Chanukah Dinner with a theme of Storytelling and Music of Irving Berlin.

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Chanukah Day Six

December 15

10:45 am – Tuesday Morning Bible Class

Contact Jackie G. to register

7:30 pm – Chanukah Trivia Extravaganza

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Chanukah Day Seven

December 16

5:00 PM – Congregational Candle Lighting

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Chanukah Day Eight

December 17

8:00 PM – After Dinner Drinks and Candle Lighting with Rabbi Prosnit and Terri Klass    

Register Here.