Thursday 10 – Thursday 17 December 2020

We have a wonderful programme planned for Chanukah this year, spreading light around the world. We will join Rabbis and educators from different countries, including Israel, Portugal, Brasil, South Africa and the USA.

We will enjoy candle lighting, international food, songs and discussions for all ages of the community. There will also be a Young Families celebration, a special Comedy Night, our Chanukah themed Young Adults Beer & Shiur, and a Havdala & Candle Lighting Extravaganza, where we can gather outdoors safely at EHRS and enjoy doughnuts, dreidels and fire juggling.

You will see some highlights on this page, but please do visit the calendar to see what else we have in store for the 8 days of Chanukah.

We have also produced a Chanukah Booklet ‘Around the World in 8 Nights’, which will give you all the information you need to join us from the comfort of your own homes. Please click here to view.

Around the World in 8 Nights

Every night of Chanukah we are going to light the Chanukah candles with a different Jewish community elsewhere in the world. We invite you to join us on Zoom so that we can all see and hear each other and you can also join us on the EHRS Classic Channel. Please email for Zoom details. Bring your Chanukiah if you are able and we will light together, share a song or a story and spread the light of Jewish peoplehood by just getting to know one another. So this year, when we cannot take a week long trip around the world, join EHRS, our Rabbis and your Chanukiah!

Thursday 10 December, 18:00 – join Rabbi Michel Schlesinger and Congregacao Israelita Paulista, Sao Paulo
Friday 11 December, 18:15 –
join Rabbi Julia Grishenko and The Shirat Hayam Community of Odessa just before Kabbalat Shabbat Service
Saturday 12 December, 17:00 –
Havdala & Chanukah Lighting Extravaganza at EHRS
Sunday 13 December, 18:30 –
join Rabbi Greg Alexander and Temple Israel in Cape Town, South Africa
Monday 14 December, 18:00 –
join The Leo Baeck Community in Haifa, Israel
Tuesday 15 December, 18:00 –
 join Educator Rahel Musleah, as we visit The Jewish Calcutta of her childhood, India
Wednesday 16 December, 18:00 –
join Rabbi Yehonatan Elazar De-Mota and his community in Portugal
Thursday 17 December, 18:00 – join Rabbi Eli Freedman and Congregation Rodeph Shalom in Philadelphia, USA

Israeli Songs for Grown Ups

Israeli Songs for Grown Ups
Monday 14 December, 20:00-21:00

Join Hagai Sigalov and members of the Topaz Singers for an evening of Israeli music and songs. They will teach two songs “Shivchei Maoz” and “Me’al Pisgat Har Hatzofim”, and time allowing will do a “singalong-a-sigalov” session with some known Israeli songs.

Please email for Zoom details

Rabbi Lee Wax from Jewish Women’s Aid on Domestic Violence

Thursday 17 December, 20:00-21:00

Join Rabbi Lee Wax from Jewish Women’s Aid as we shine a light on a dark area of life, particularly in 2020, Domestic Violence. 1 in 4 women will be a victim of domestic abuse in their lifetime. Jewish Women’s Aid works tirelessly to support women and children escaping abuse both in the short and long term. This work has been particularly challenging through the restrictions and lockdowns of 2020, with victims finding themselves trapped. Come and learn more about this important work, its challenges, and how we as a community can help.

Please email for Zoom details

Havdala & Chanukah Lighting Extravaganza!

Havdala & Chanukah Lighting Extravaganza
Saturday 12 December, 17:00-19:00
in Person or on Zoom

All being well, we will gather safely outdoors (with Covid precautions in place) at EHRS to bring light into the darkness. With doughnuts, dreidels and fire juggling! Dress up warm! You will need to book into this event to enable us to run it safely and all the family is welcome.

So that we can keep the numbers safe we ask you to book in for 17:00-17:30 (best for 6 and under), 17:45-18:15 (best for 6-12s) or 18:30-19:00 (best for 13+ and adults).

Booking is required, please click here to book your place.

Family Chanukah Celebration

Family Chanukah Celebration
Sunday 13 December, 10:00-11:30

Please join us for a morning of interactive Chanukah activities and celebrations when we will make candles, yummy oil cakes and a sevivon (driedl) and learn why and how we play the sevivon game. You do need to sign up so that we can send you resources for the candle and dreidel making activities.

Please register by emailing

Chanukah Comedy Night

Chanukah Comedy Night
Sunday 13 December, 20:00-21:00

Chanukah helps us bring light into the darkest time of the year, what better way to lighten the darkest of years than with an hour of comedy! Join EHRS members, friends and even one of our Rabbis as they find their funny bones, for an adult evening of laughter! With Phil Simon, Rachel Creeger, Dex Grodner aka Chanukah Lewinsky, and Rabbi Debbie. Join us on Zoom and let’s put a smile on your face for Chanukah! Please click here to book your place below.