Stroum Jewish Community Center announces community Hanukkah celebrations

The Stroum Jewish Community Center (SJCC) invites the community to celebrate Hanukkah at a variety of in-person and virtual events in November and December. These crafty, delicious and restorative programs will take place in communities around Seattle and the Eastside.

For the first time, SJCC is expanding its annual Hands on Hanukkah program to visit six neighborhoods between Nov. 21 and Dec. 5: Mercer Island, Rainier Valley, North Seattle, West Seattle and two Bellevue locations. Families are invited to stop by to create their own Hanukkah artwork and enjoy some holiday treats.

A local Hands on Hanukkah event will take place on Nov. 21 at the Mercer Island Harvest Market where people can share and celebrate the holiday with arts and crafts and tasty treats. Sponsored by the Samis Foundation.

Lights Up at the J will take place from Nov. 28 to Jan. 3 at SJCC with a celebration of the Festival of Lights with an interactive light exhibit as part of Illuminate MI.

Other events include a virtual Hanukkah storytime and music event on Nov. 30, a continuation of SJCC’s popular Virtual Book Fest series; and a family night at Redmond Lights on Dec. 3, complete with Hanukkah gift bags. For adults, SJCC is offering a virtual Hanukkah meditation class led by Rabbi Oliver BenHaim of Bet Alef Meditative Synagogue and two in-person essential oils classes — a fun twist on the oil traditionally celebrated during Hanukkah.

For full details and registration information on all events, visit

SJCC is also partnering again with Trophy Cupcakes to offer special Hanukkah cupcakes, DIY kits, and more to make all eight nights of Hanukkah deLIGHTful, delicious and easy.