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Hanukkah 2023 – 5784

    חג חנוכה שמח 



    Latke and Hanukkah Candle Pickup
    Thank you to all who participated in this year’s Youth and Family Hanukkah fundraiser! If you ordered latkes and/or candles through the fundraiser, please pick up your latkes and/or candles during any of the following pickup windows:

    -Saturday, December 2 at Kiddush 

    -Monday, December 4 at Preschool Pickup Times (1:00 and 3:00 PM)

    -Tuesday, December 5 at Preschool Pickup Times (1:00 and 3:00 PM)

    -Wednesday, December 6 at Preschool Pickup Times (1:00, 3:00 and 5:30 PM) and at Neziner Pickup 6:00 PM

    Sisterhood Gift Shop Hanukkah Shopping 
    Special Hanukkah gifts, Judaica, jewelry, toys and more are available at the gift shop, with shopping by appointment only. Call the Temple office at 215-735-5148 to schedule time.



    BZBI builds community through acts of Tikkun Olam. Please see how you can help the wider community during Hanukkah! 


    Gloves of Love Drive by the BZBI Sisterhood 
    Starting November 30 through February 14 
    Donations of gloves, hats and t-shirts can be dropped off at BZBI for the Bethesda Project and Project Home. Help keep those in need warm this winter! 

    MANNA Volunteering
    Monday, December 4 from 5:00-8:00 PM, 420 North 20th Street, Philadelphia 19130
    Volunteers will meet at the MANNA facility and work in the kitchen area. Please e-mail Suzanne Dayanim if you would like to be part of the BZBI crew. Teens are welcome if they are at least 14 years old. We are looking for 20+ volunteers for the shift. You can learn more about MANNA here, let us know you plan to volunteer by filling out this brief google form.

    American Red Cross Blood Drive in Partnership with BZBI & the Tenth Presbyterian Church 
    December 7 from 2:00 – 7:00 PM at Reception Hall, 1701 Delancey Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
    Join BZBI at Tenth Presbyterian Church to donate blood for the Red Cross. The blood drive will run from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Click here to make your appointment. 

    Wrapping Paper Donations and Volunteers to Wrap Gifts 
    Sunday, December 10 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
    BZBI is looking for unwanted wrapping paper from past holidays or special occasions! Please drop off your unused or unwanted wrapping paper so we can use it to wrap clothing gifts for the Bethesda Project and Project Home. If you would like to join us in wrapping gifts, please fill out this form.

    Baking for the Gift of Life House 
    Sunday, December 10 (drop off at BZBI from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM)
    Plan a bake with your friends or family for the Gift of Life House! Baked goods can be made at home or store bought and you can drop off your items at BZBI on December 10 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM. Let us know what you are baking by filling out this form.

    Snacks and Toiletries Collection for Bethesda Project
    Wednesday, December 13 from 4:30 – 6:30 PM
    As part of Serve for 8 this year, we are collecting packaged snack food and toiletries for the Bethesda Project, a nonprofit organization that provides support for unhoused adults in Philadelphia. We hope to pack 50 bags to be donated this year! A collection box in the BZBI foyer will be set up for you to drop off the following items:

    Packaged Food Items:

    • Cheese crackers
    • Granola bars
    • Candy

    Personal Items:

    • Disposable Razors
    • Wired ear phones (with a jack)
    • Travel or sample size toiletries (shampoo, body wash &  moisturizer) 
    • Deodorant
    • New or gently used backpacks 

    Winter Shelter Christmas Day Dinner Donations and Volunteering
    Monday, December 25 
    Each year BZBI cooks and serves 20 men who reside in the Trinity Church at 22nd and Spruce Streets. It’s a wonderful experience for all involved as we “break bread” together. You can participate in a number of ways. 

    1. Click here to select an item or items to drop off at the church (on or before December 25th).
    2. Click here to set up and serve. 
    3. Or both, bring food and spend the evening with us!

    Dropping off food? Food drop off times are any day from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Trinity Playschool Group red door, the entrance is on Spruce Street. Knock or ring the basement bell and someone will take your food and bring it down.*Important – please label your food packages clearly with the following: Dec 25th Dinner, Contents, e.g. Chicken dinner, Directions for warming, serving, etc.

    Interested in setting up and serving? Great! Come to the Church at 7:00 PM. Look for the Trinity Playschool Group red door along the Spruce side of the church. We tend to serve the men from 7-8:30 PM depending on the night and how many men come back to the shelter for the evening. Important to note: the shelter is in the basement of the Church with a rather steep staircase down. It’s tight quarters. There is no elevator and children under 10 are not advised to come, but are always welcome to help their parents bake and cook!
    If you have any questions, please contact BZBI volunteer Rachel Luterman directly at (267) 254-4601 or email



    Hanukkah Theme First Friday at BZBI

    Friday, December 1 in the Kahaner Auditorium 

    Join us for the return of first Friday Shabbat dinner at BZBI! As we have done before, there will be an early dinner starting at 5:00 PM followed by Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:00 PM and a late dinner following services at 7:15 PM. In celebration of Hanukkah, this first Friday dinner will feature chicken schnitzel, latkes and sufganiyot! Register now by clicking here! If cost is a barrier to your participation please contact the temple office. BZBI is committed to ensuring that everyone who wants to be a part of our programming can be.

    Volunteer Shabbat

    Shabbat, December 9 at 9:30 AM

    Join us in honoring all of the dedicated volunteers at BZBI. Kiddush will feature Hanukkah treats like sufganiyot! To become a Kiddush sponsor for this special Shabbat, click here.

    Celebrate Hanukkah with the Center City Kehillah & BZBI

    Sunday, December 10 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM 

    Join Center City Kehillah and jkidphilly for a Hanukkah celebration! All ages will enjoy the klezmer band, refreshments, tabling fair from local organizations, crafts, activities and story time with jkidphilly. The event will conclude with a candle lighting, musical prayer ceremony and sufganiyot (jelly donuts) to bring some extra light into everyone’s Hanukkah. To register and to see more information, click here. 

    Hanukkah Party & Quizzo 

    Monday, December 11 beginning at 6:30 PM 

    BZBI is hosting a Hanukkah celebration filled with fun on the 5th night of Hanukkah. Join us for latkes, sufganiyot and an evening of trivia. Bring your own festive drinks to share! Winners of our Hanukkah trivia will receive prizes! Start creating your teams of up to eight people! A Hanukkiah lighting will take place at 6:45 PM, so bring your Hanukkiah and candles (if you do not have a Hanukkiah or candles, we will be able to provide for you). Click here to register your team!