Be The Light!

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Join us for Be the Light, a Mitzvah and Light focused Hanukkah event presented by and for the entire community. This year’s virtual event will be a combination hands-on opportunities and Hanukkah related activities – from the comfort of your home, computer or phone.

Be the Light celebrates the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and allows us to bring light into the lives of others.



Candle Lighting and Welcome to BE THE LIGHT with Tracey
4:15 PM

CLICK HERE to view on Facebook Live

Craft Time with with PJ Library St. Paul
Explore how materials found around the home interact with light and get started on your own Hanukkah-inspired window installation! Parent supervision recommended.


    • 3-4 different kinds of paper-like material: bubble wrap, wrapping paper, tin foil, wax paper, origami/scrapbooking paper, tissue paper, etc. 
    • 2 different ways to attach materials together: yarn/ribbon/string, tape/washi tape, stickers, glue, twist ties.
    • Scissors 
    • Light Source – lamp, flashlight or phone


Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company Presents, Operation: Immigration
Written and performed by Avi Aharoni & Directed by Robert Dorfman
7:30 PM
A young Minnesotan searches for information about his late father, an Iranian Jew, and along the way, begins to find himself. A special filmed performance, pay-per-view, online.  For more information, call 651 + 647 4315.

CLICK HERE to view other performances and to purchase tickets.


Reach out and connect with family and friends


Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company, Presents a live reading of The Chanukkah Guest, by Eric Kimmel
3 PM
The Chanukah Guest, by Jenna Zark, was originally commissioned and produced by Minnesota Jewish Theatre Company (MJTC). The presentation, with Kim Kivens, Joshua Bagley and Craig Johnson, is free but reservations are required.

To reserve your place with MJTC on zoom, call 651 + 647 4315

Candle Lighting with Beth Jacob’s Rabbi Adam Rubin
4:30 PM

Make Hanukkah Cards and send to Sholom Home. Share photos of your works of art with us for an upcoming Hanukkah Feature Story –

Shaller Family Sholom East Campus
Attn: Resident Recreation
740 Kay Ave 
St. Paul, MN 55102

Ackerberg Family Sholom West Campus
3620 Phillips Parkway
St. Louis Park, MN 55426


Candle Lighting and Hanukkah Sing Along with Ben & Allie
5:30 PM

CLICK HERE for Havdallah Sing Along
CLICK HERE for Hanukkah Sing Along

Temple of Aaron Virtual Hanukkah Concert
7 PM

Join Temple of Aaron, on YouTube, for this fun hour of Hannukah songs, candle lighting and Havdalah with Cantor Joshua Fineblum accompanied by Tom and Julie Bartsch.

CLICK HERE to subscribe to the Temple of Aaron YouTube channel.


Clean out closets and collect clothing & home goods donations for the Goodwill or other area drop-off sites.


Buddies, Bagels, and Books – Hanukkah Breakfast with PJ Library Minneapolis
9 – 10 AM
Start your day with PJ Library! Join parents and young children for a casual online gathering as we celebrate Hanukkah with some songs, stories, and conversation. Feel free to wear your pajamas (this includes both kids and adults!)

CLICK HERE to join Zoom

Community Mitzvah Collection at the St. Paul JCC
1 – 4 PM
Be the Light celebrates the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam (repairing the world) and allows us to bring light into the lives of others.

We will be collecting for The Pajama Project and Hats & Mittens.
Items needed – youth size pajamas and new hats & mittens for all ages, but the greatest need is teen sizes.

PJ Library will be collecting new children’s pajamas to donate to children in need through the Pajama Program. Every pajama donation gets you an entry for a drawing to win one of three Hanukkah family gift baskets. 

Collection drop off will be held outside the main entrance of the St. Paul JCC. Masks Requested for safety.


Create “Car Mitzvah Bags” for people in need.
Be better prepared when you encounter a person asking for help, via a hand-written sign, at an intersection or freeway-ramp entrance. Instead of fumbling frantically for spare change, have a supply of care kits — sturdy, resealable plastic bags filled with necessities — all set to hand out. CLICK HERE for Car Mitzvah Bag ideas.


Virtual Latke Making with Keshet
4:30 – 5:30 PM

CLICK HERE for the recipe and get ready to make Latkes with Keshet, our Community Shlicha. CLICK HERE to register for this event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Virtual Hanukkah Game Night with Talmud Torah St. Paul
5:30 – 6 PM
Join us for  night of Hanukkah games and activities to celebrate the holiday.

CLICK HERE to register


Collect and donate food to your local food shelf.


Light In The Darkness – A Jewish Family Service of St. Paul and Jewish Family & Children’s Service Collaboration Webinar
Be the Light: Staying Positive in Uncertain Times: What has helped you manage the many challenges of the past year? Come to share and learn from others. We will bring in positivity and highlight best practices for staying mentally healthy and strong this winter. Join us for this interactive Q and A and discussion with mental health practitioners and educators of Jewish Family Service St. Paul and Jewish Children’s And Family Service

RSVP to for ZOOM link.

Candle Lighting with Michael Waldman, St. Paul and Sabes JCCs CEO

5:30 PM

This Drive-in Light and Sound Experience is a wonderful way to celebrate the 6th night of Hanukkah. From the warmth and security of your car, you will be able to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season!

    • St. Paul JCC Main Parking Lot – Enter on Davern
    • Music will be provide via car radio.
    • Attendees are required to remain in their vehicles throughout the performance.
    • There will be no building access.
    • Space is limited.


Help a neighbor shovel their driveway or sidewalk.


Candle Lighting and More with Rabbi Lynn Liberman, Community Chaplain, Jewish Family Service of St. Paul
4 PM

Virtual Candle Light Yoga
6:30 – 7:30 PM
End your day with gentle yoga postures and stretches. Unwind from your day and prepare for a restful sleep.

CLICK HERE to register (three days in advance)


Create a one of a kind Tzedakah Box to be used to support an organization in the community. Share your creation with us for an upcoming Hanukkah Feature Story –


Candle Lighting, Evening Story Time, and PJ Party with PJ Library St. Paul
6:30 PM

PJ Library St. Paul
PJ Library Minneapolis
Talmud Torah St. Paul
Minnesota Jewish theatre Company
Temple of Aaron
Jewish Family Service of St. Paul
Jewish Family & Children’s Service