Chanukah in New Orleans

The Festival of Lights is here, and here's how New Orleans is celebrating!


Thursday, December 6

Chabad Kids' Menorah Workshop at Home Depot 4:00 p.m.
Kids are invited to build their own menorah and enjoy fresh latkes at the Elmwood Home Depot. While there is no charge to attend - and every registered kid will receive an emoji pillow - RSVPs are required, as space is limited. Please RSVP here, or email


Jewish Children's Regional Service's Latkes with a Twist 7:00 p.m.
Jewish Children's Regional Service (JCRS) will host its 5th annual community-wide Hanukkah party, "Latkes with a Twist," on Thursday, December 6, at Press Street Station. The Washington Post has listed the event as one of the Top 10 Hanukkah parties in the U.S.! Adam Biderman, chef and owner of The Company Burger, will be the featured Latke master along with NOCCA culinary students and friends. The evening will also feature live music by the Joe Gelini Trio, an open bar featuring a Vodka Latke Punch, a Buffalo Trace Old Fashioned Hanukkah Hi-Ball, wine and beer courtesy of Sazerac Brands and Pabst. Tickets are $30 per person in advance ($35 at the door) and are available by calling 504-828-6334 or visiting


Friday, December 7

Jewish Community Day School Chanukah Extravaganza 8:30 a.m.
Join JCDS for Grandparents and Special Friends Day  and The Chanukah Musical Extravaganza, 
Lighting the Lights of Generosity: Stories from the Shtetl, on Friday, December 7 from 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. RSVP on this invite or to

Jewish Community Center Nursery School Chanukah Program 11:00 a.m.

Chabad Family Chanukah Party and Shabbat Dinner 4:30 p.m.
Bring your own menorah to this family-friendly event, featuring a 3-course meal, a program for adults, and special kids' activities. Please RSVP here or contact to learn more.


Congregation Beth Israel Chanukah Dinner and Party 6:00 p.m.
This fun and family-friendly evening will feature a Lego menorah, a dreidel tournament, and Gimmel Gimlets just for the adults. Please bring a wrapped gift, labeled with an age range, to donate to less fortunate families. RSVP (required) to or 504-454-5080. The cost is $18/Adult  and $9/Child for members, and $25/Adult and $18/Child for non-members. 


Temple Sinai Family Hanukkah Shabbat 6:00 p.m.
Join Temple Sinai for services at 6:00 p.m., followed by a light latke oneg, and live music. Don't forget to bring your own menorah!

JNOLA and TRIBE Chanukah Shabbat 6:30 p.m.
Join JNOLA of the Jewish Federation & Tribe of Congregation Gates of Prayer for a Chanukah Shabbat on Friday, December 7 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Hibernia Tower. Following a service, there will be a latke contest so find your bubbe's old family recipe (or snag one from the internet) and bring a plate of latkes. Space is limited so make sure you RSVP today! Questions? Contact Tana Velen at or Lexi Erdheim at


Saturday, December 8

Chabad's Mobile Menorah Parade 7:30 p.m.

Anshe Sfard's Chanukah Party 8:00 p.m.
Free to members/$10 donation for non-members. Latkes and sufganiyot to be served.


Sunday, December 9

Jewish Community Center's Community Chanukah Celebration 4:00 p.m.
A live concert by bluegrass band Nefesh Mountain highlights the festivities at the 13th annual Community Chanukah Celebration. Join us on Sunday, December 9 at the Uptown JCC to celebrate the seventh day of Chanukah. Beginning at 4:00 p.m. we’ll light the menorah and enjoy the unique sound of Nefesh Mountain. Singing in English and Hebrew, husband and wife team Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff combine bluegrass and old time music with Jewish heritage and tradition, creating a new blend of spiritual American music that all ages will enjoy. After the concert, stay for a delicious Chanukah meal of fried chicken and latkes from Kosher Cajun. This event is free and open to the community thanks to the generous support of the Jewish Endowment Foundation of Greater New Orleans, the Feil Family Foundation, and Cathy and Morris Bart.

Latkes for Pittsburgh 6:00 p.m.
Krewe du Jieux is partnering with the ladies of Muses to celebrate the last night of Chanukah and the resilience of the Jewish People. $20 gets you admission to the Southern Food & Beverage Museum (a $10.50 value) and a dinner plate with latkes, chicken and sides! There will be a cash bar. Specially-decorated Muses shoes and other commemorative items will be raffled. All proceeds will be donated to the fund set up by the Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh to benefit the survivors and families of the victims of the Tree of Life massacre. Learn more here:


Saturday, December 15

JNOLA's Light It Up Gala 7:00 p.m.
Join JNOLA for the fun and fancy Light It Up Chanukah Gala at Generations Hall (310 Andrew Higgins Blvd) on Saturday, December 15 from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. There will be delicious hors d'oeuvres and desserts from your favorite Jewish-owned restaurants including Saba, Casablanca, and more! Enjoy an open bar while dancing the night away to live music from Eric Benny Bloom and the Oy Veys, comprised of Jewish musicians from Jon Cleary, Lettuce, New Orleans Suspects, Cha Wa, and other local bands. When you're not busy with all that, stop by the photo booth, sufganiyot (donut) bar, or take a whack at the dreidel pinatas! After the Gala, keep the party going just a short walk away at the Rusty Nail.

The JNOLA Board keeps tickets to events like these affordable so that those who want to be philanthropic will have room to do so. With that in mind, JNOLA is continuing its fundraising efforts for Second Harvest Food Bank, an organization that fights against hunger in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response. Second Harvest provides food and support to 700+ community partners and programs across 23 parishes. 97 cents of every dollar raised goes towards their mission. For every dollar that’s donated, they provide four meals to families in need which means if you give just $10 you'll be funding 40 meals!

Tickets are $30, with discounts for students, military, and synagogue employees available so email JNOLA Manager Tana Velen at for those discount codes or if you have any questions.

JNOLA is generously sponsored by the Oscar J. Tolmas Charitable Trust and the Light It Up Chanukah Gala is sponsored by Cox Communications, Touro Infirmary, Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp, and Bank Leumi.

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