This year, Chanukah begins early on the secular calendar – the evening of Nov. 28 – and continues through Dec. 5. The Jewish Federation of Greater Portland has curated a webpage,
jewishportland.org/chanukah-resources, jam-packed with resources to help you celebrate this year’s Chanukah.
Explore local Chanukah events on the Community Calendar. PJ Library shares everything you need to know to celebrate the Festival of Lights. Visit Blue Dove’s Chanukah connection to mental health to help you stay grounded and healthy during the holiday season. Find Chanukah 101 information about candle-lighting, the Maccabees, latkes and more at My Jewish Learning. Interfaith couples and families can build confidence celebrating the holiday at 18 Doors: Unlocking Jewish. You can also find DIY Chanukah tips and rituals at Custom & Craft.
You can find Chanukah pop-up stores and Judaic gift shops below. In addition, many grocery stores carry Chanukah candles and chocolate gelt in their kosher food sections.
Nov. 14: Chanukah Pop-Up and Art Sale
ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists and Congregation Shir Tikvah are teaming up to co-sponsor a Chanukah shopping event Nov. 14. This event will take place at the new Eastside Jewish Commons on NE 24th and Sandy Boulevard, coinciding with an EJC Open House that will showcase the space.
Congregation Shir Tikvah, the only synagogue located on the east side, is putting on their sixth annual Chanukah Pop-Up sale in the morning. It will feature candles, gelt and other holiday supplies. Proceeds from their portion of the event will go to fund their education programs.
“It’s important for us to bring a little light to any east-side families who want to drop by, especially during this particular time,” says Shir Tikvah Executive Director Katie Schneider. “The pop-up sale will coincide with the regular hours of Hebrew school.”
ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists is a group of Jewish artists in Portland whose media include collage, paint, silk, glass, wood, fiber, precious metals, ceramics, beadwork, photography and more. They are partnering with Shir Tikvah artists to offer works in a wide range of media, including some Judaic artwork.
ORA’s art sale will last all day with proceeds benefiting Congregation Shir Tikvah in the morning and the Eastside Jewish Commons in the afternoon.
“This unique opportunity allows us to give back to two Jewish nonprofits,” says ORA representative Ellen Green. “We look forward to sharing our art on this side of town.”
Collaboration is one of the watchwords of the Eastside Jewish Commons, which moved into the Sandy location in July 2021 with the mission of building a thriving and inclusive hub on the east side.
“We’re excited to host this collaboration and invite the community into the Commons,” Executive Director Cara Abrams says. “The ORA Art Show is a wonderful opportunity to connect in person with community, find some unique gifts for Chanukah and check out our 13,000-square-foot community space.”
Featured artists are Eileen Milsap, glass, Shir Tikvah; Dan Floria, painting, Shir Tikvah; Emma Lugo, painting, Shir Tikvah; Ellen Green, painting, drawing and cards, Shir Tikvah/ORA; Simcha Shields, mixed media prints, drawing and beadwork, Shir Tikvah/ORA; Joanna Westerfeld, glass, Shir Tikvah/ORA; Phyllis Van De Lyndt, ink and watercolor, Shir Tikvah/ORA; David Kolasky, mixed media sculpture, ORA; Zahavi Lee, painting and pastels, ORA; and Ilan and Sarah Laks, jewelry, Shir Tikvah.
Nov. 15-19: ORA Chanukah Art Fair at the J
ORA: Northwest Jewish Artists are back at the Mittleman Jewish Community Center for a Chanukah Fair in the lobby featuring many artists and several mediums of art.
Come by the J Nov. 15-19 and pick up a nice gift for a family member, friend, fellow worker, teacher or yourself. With glass, ceramic and wood artists participating, you may just find a unique menorah to light up your holiday.
Artists participating in the fair are Arlene Hirsch, Annalie Weisman, Glenn Decherd, Jeanne Robin, Jack Liskear, Joyce Shields, Lori Randel, Leslie Peltz, Linda Bourne, Stacy Kamin, Susan Reep, Thomas Gainer, Yana Goldberg, Barbara Weisman and Eddy Shuldman.
“We are so happy to be able to share our art with you after a long isolation period due to COVID,” says Arlene.
Masks are required for everyone 5 and older at the MJCC. 6651 SW Capitol Hwy., Portland.
Nov. 16-30: Pop-Up at future Chabad Oasis
The Everything Jewish store will host a Chanukah Pop-Up at the site of its future home in the Pearl, 1218 NW Glisan St., Portland.
Shoppers will be able to purchase candles, chocolate gelt, menorahs, gifts and gift bags displayed creatively on scaffolds, ladders and other construction-style implements. Shoppers will also be able to check out the new Oasis space, which will feature the Judaic store, Chabad House and communal gathering space (see https://www.jewishportland.org/jewishreview/jr-stories/pearl-gains-oasis).
The pop-up will be open 3-7 pm, Monday-Thursday, and 11 am-2 pm, Friday and Sunday while supplies last.
Get your Chanukah items at a pop-up shop while supplies last and check out the renovations in progress.
Nov. 21: Makers Market hosted by Moishe House
Moishe House Portland is hosting a makers market for Chanukah shopping 1:30-5:30 pm, Nov. 21. The market will be at 13th Moon Gravity Well, 4513 SE 41st Portland, a neighborhood bar and bottle shop featuring high-quality beer and wine. Masks and social distancing will be enforced.
“We are ecstatic to announce that we will be hosting a makers market this chilly season,” reads the Facebook post for the event. “Endless goodies provided by local Jewish and BIPOC makers just in time to grab those gifts before Chanukah rolls around. Join us in celebrating these artists, ogling all of their precious creations while coming together this holiday season.”
Nov. 20, 21: Leikam Brewing's Book & Craft Fairs
On Nov. 20, Leikam Brewing Company teams up with Books With Pictures, Comics for Everyone. Grab a local pint and find the perfect comic for a memorable Chanukah present from 6 to 9 pm.
The next day, Leikam Brewing will host its first Chanukah Craft Fair from 1-5 pm, Nov. 21.
Both events will be at the kosher brewery’s taproom at 5812 E. Burnside.
These will be indoor/outdoor events, and all COVID regulations will be enforced. Proof of vaccination and masking required. Ten percent of each sale on Nov. 21 will go toward the brewery’s annual contribution to Habitat for Humanity.
For more information: facebook.com/LeikamBrewing/events/.
Judaic Gift Shops
Ron Tonkin Family Museum Shop/OJMCHE
The Ron Tonkin Family Museum Shop is ready with a wide selection of menorahs, beautiful handmade gifts and a full array of Judaica.
Located at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 724 NW Davis St., Portland, the shop is open during museum hours 11 am-4 pm, Wednesday-Saturday. Masks are required for all visitors to the museum.
For more information, visit ojmche.org or call 503-226-3600.
Gloria Bacharach Judaica Shop/Neveh Shalom
The Gloria Bacharach Judaica Shop at Congregation Neveh Shalom (2900 SW Peaceful Lane) offers online shopping and appointments for in-person shopping, as well as a pop-up fair Nov. 21.
Access the online shopping site through the Congregation Neveh Shalom website, or at gloria-bacharach-judaica-shop.square.site. Online shopping can be shipped, or you can arrange for pickup at the CNS gates.
The Gloria Bacharach Judaica Shop Pop-up Fair will be outside under tents at the lower entrance to Neveh Shalom 11 am-2 pm, Nov. 21.
CNS allows people to enter the Judaica Shop by appointment. Contact Jennifer Kalenscher at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-893-0822 for more information on the fair or for an appointment anytime CNS is open.
WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Gift Shop
The WRJ/Beth Israel Sisterhood Gift Shop (1972 NW Flanders St.) has reopened for in-person shopping just in time for Chanukah. Choose from a selection of beautiful, artistic chanukiot, Chanukah candles, books, décor, gift wrap, cards, games, toys and treats. All proceeds support the CBI Religious School.
The shop will be open during Religious School hours, 9:30 am-12:30 pm, Nov. 14 and 21. Shoppers will need to sign up in advance at signupgenius.com/go/20F094CABAA23ABFE3-wrjbeith for a 15-minute time slot. Because shoppers will be on campus at the same time as Religious School students, who are not yet eligible for vaccination for COVID-19, all shoppers MUST verify their full vaccination status in advance at bethisrael-pdx.org/verify/.
The CBI Main Office will have a LIMITED Chanukah Pop-Up Shop. Office hours are generally Tuesday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm,
but as many staff work from home, please call in advance at 503-222-1069. For the Pop-Up Shop, please plan to pay by cash or check. Please also note that you are required to wear a mask while on the CBI campus, regardless of your vaccination status.
Diane Nemer Sisterhood Gift Shop/Shaarie Torah
The Diane Nemer Shaarie Torah Gift Shop (920 NW 25th Ave.) is open during Sunday School 10 am-1 pm, Nov. 14, for all your Chanukah needs and gifts. Gift shop proceeds go directly to the Religious School.
Call the Shaarie Torah office at 503-226-6131 to schedule a time to come in during office hours (10 am-2 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday) throughout the season. With menorahs, dreidels, gelt and more, the gift shop is stocked and ready for Chanukah.
For special orders and more information, contact Dori Tenner at email@example.com.
Café at the J: Latkes for Chanukah
Café at the J will have potato latkes for sale at the café starting the day of the first night of Chanukah. Buy latkes Nov. 28-Dec. 5.
The Café is open Monday-Thursday 10 am-6 pm, Friday 10 am-4 pm, and Sunday 10 am-3 pm. The Café is closed on Saturday.
Order online at garbonzos.square.site/. You can also call or text your order to 503-475-4875. Be sure to specify if you want curbside pickup.