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Things on campus feel a little different these days, but Chanukah going anywhere. We want to reassure you that we will provide the fullest possible experience allowed. While we work toward the end of the pandemic, we cannot host in-person dinners, so they will take a new format instead with To-Go packages and Zoom calls.

The biggest change is that RSVPs, which used to be merely appreciated, are now mandatory. You can do this by texting CHANUKAH  to 617-295-7707.

We are also excited to share the details of this year's virtual Chanukah Campaign called #isharemylight #with...

Chanukah is a time when we shine the darkness away with light. This year, everyone can feel the darkness. Everyone can understand the need for light. We encourage you to take photos, share their light, and tag with #isharemylight #with.... For more, check out our instagram, @tuftschabad, where we'll be sharing the light!


Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.  


Since the Chanukah miracle involved oil, it is customary to eat foods fried in oil. The Eastern-European classic is the potato latke (pancake) garnished with applesauce or sour cream, and the reigning Israeli favorite is the jelly-filled sufganya (jelly doughnut).  Nowadays, people tend to place great importance on giving Chanukah gifts. However, the tradition is actually to give Chanukah gelt, gifts of money, to children. The cash gifts give the children the opportunity to give tzedakah (charity). This has also spawned the phenomenon of foil-covered “chocolate gelt.”


Pick Up a Menorah Kit

Though this Chanukah can't look the same as normal, let's still find ways to connect and celebrate! If you don't have your own menorah and candles, come by the Chabad House to pick up your very own Menorah kit! This kit includes a menorah, candles, and dreidel.

 Week of December 7

at the Chabad House






Night 1 - Donuts

Come by the Chabad House from to pick up a goody-bag for the first night of Chanukah! Enjoy a package with fill-your-own-donuts, Chanukah foil art, gelt, and a fun dreidel pop!

Thursday, December 10 from 2:30-3:30

at the Chabad House


Shabbat-To-Go and Chanukah Night 2

Come by the Chabad House to pick up your Shabbat-To-Go package and celebrate the second night of Chanukah! Enjoy latkes, gelt cookies, and more wonderful food! RSVPs must be in before noon on Thursday.

 December 11 from 2:30-3:30

at the Chabad House






Night 4 - Latkes and Gelt

Come by the Chabad House to pick up a goody-bag and celebrate the fourth night of Chanukah! Enjoy a package of fresh latkes, a menorah suncatcher, and lots of gelt!

Sunday, December 12 from 2:30-3:30
at the Chabad House


Night 5 - Dreidel

Come by the Chabad House to pick up a goody-bag and celebrate the fifth night of Chanukah! Enjoy a package with a clay dreidel kit, decorate your own Chanukah cookies, and get lots of gelt!

 Monday, December 13 from 2:30 to 3:30

at the Chabad House






Night 6 - Zoom

Come by the Chabad House to pick up a goody-bag and celebrate the sixth night of Chanukah! Pick up a package of hot chocolate, cookies, candy, and gelt during the day. In the evening, join us over zoom for a study hour as we enjoy our hot drinks!

Tuesday, December 14 from 2:30 to 3:30
at the Chabad House


Rohr Chabad House

21 Chetwynd Rd., Somerville, MA

Turn onto Chetwynd Rd. across from Fletcher Field. We're the 4th house down on the right side.


Shabbat-To-Go dinner packages available every Friday

Free and welcome to anyone!

You can find other events above and on our Facebook page.


Rohr Chabad House Serving Tufts University

21 Chetwynd Road • Somerville, MA 02144

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