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“I love that Humanistic Judaism is honest and consistent. It is the whole embodiment of who we are because my family’s actions and beliefs are the same no matter where we are – whether at home or at a Jewish celebration.”

 — Michelle F., Wheeling

“Kol Hadash has added positive value to our lives.”

— Terry K., Highland Park


Have you ever been part of a Hanukkah celebration where . . .

  • families bring in their own menorahs to "show and tell" the diversity of today's Jewish creativity?

  • the REAL history of the Maccabees, the menorah and the supposed "miracle of the oil" is included?

  • the universal human origins of winter festivals and lighting lights against the dark is explored?

  • you celebrate giving gifts as well as receiving them?

We have! From our kindergarteners' "humanorah" to our new tradition of Hanukkah somosas (also fried in oil), our warm and welcoming Hanukkah potluck celebration is open to everyone and will shed new light on an old tradition.

Hanukkah Party and Luncheon

details coming soon

Please the use east parking lot and entrance, around the back of the school

All are welcome to join the party! We provide the main course, and each family brings a side dish, salad or dessert to share and their own menorah (candles provided). Advance registration is required and there is a small fee to cover the cost of lunch.

You may also enjoy our Home Hanukkah celebration.

For more information on our next Family Hanukkah party, please contact our administrator, Jeremy Owens, at, or 847/383-5184.  

Read more about Humanistic Hanukkah celebrations. You also might enjoy our Home Hanukkah celebration and this article by our Rabbi Chalom on celebrating Hanukkah.

Learn more about our holiday celebrations for children.

Hanukkah: These Little Lights of Mine

See Hanukkah come alive for your children with stories, songs, and activities led by Rabbi Adam Chalom and Education Director Dawn Friedman. Storytimes are intended for children ages 0-2 (older children welcome).

Hankkah: These Little lights of Mine is one in a series of storytimes sponsored by jBaby Chicago. All sessions are free of charge. Learn more.

RSVP for storytime on JUF's website. For more information, contact our administrator, Jeremy Owens, at, or 847/383-5184.

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