Chanukkah 2018 is about to be lit. Literally. 

Celebrate the festival of lights with Illini Hillel! Get your fill of sufganiyot and latkes and play plenty of dreidel.


Communal candle lighting will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Cohen Center each night of Chanukkah.

Check the schedule below to see all of the Chanukkah happenings at Hillel.   

Make Your Own Menorah

Dec 02, 2018

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Our Chanukkah party kicks off at Sandy's Sunday Bagel Brunch on December 2nd. Grab your bagels and all of the supplies you need to make your own menorah to use during the holiday.

Dec 02, 2018

6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

What are the traditions of a Moroccan Jewish Chanukkah celebration? Join us in the kitchen to create Moroccan recipes and experience the holiday in a new way.

Chanukkah at Cold Stone

Dec 03, 2018


Make your Monday a little sweeter with a scoop of ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery on Green Street! 

Dec 04, 2018

7:00 p.m.

Extend the Thanksgiving holiday spirit back at school as we partake in our First Tuesday Interfaith Dinner & Dialogue! Come out and hear from folks of the Hillel Jewish Center, Muslim Student Association and Newman Catholic Center in how people across various faiths and backgrounds eat a meal with one another, as we ourselves enjoy a dinner over conversations on community.

This event will on the Tuesday, December 4th at 7pm in Latzer Hall of the University YMCA (Wright and Chalmers).

Driedel Tournament

Dec 04, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Wear your best Chanukkah sweaters and bring your luckiest driedels for this Driedel Tournament at Hillel. We're playing for a whole pot of gelt!

Sufganiyot Wars

Dec 05, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Hopefully your decorating skills are ready for this sufganiyot making and decorating challenge! Join us at Hillel following our student board elections to make your own fried donuts. 

Trivia Night

Dec 06, 2018

7:00-8:00 p.m.

It's Jewperdy! Test your Chanukkah knowledge at this Hillel trivia night. There will be snacks!

Exploring Israel: Chanukkah Edition

Dec 07, 2018

12:00-1:00 p.m.

How is Chanukkah celebrated in Israel? Join us for a special edition of Exploring Israel at the Cohen Center from 12:00-1:00 p.m. with free kosher pizza and a great discussion.

Dec 07, 2018

6:00-9:00 p.m.

Join us for a Shabbat celebration with La Unidad Latina at Illini Hillel on Friday, December 7th. Reform, conservative and orthodox services will begin at 6:00 p.m. Our free, kosher meal will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Movie Night: Full Court Miracle

Dec 08, 2018

8:00 p.m.

Basketball and a Chanukkah miracle? It must be Full Court Miracle! Chill in the lounge for our Chanukkah movie night starting at 8:00 p.m. after Shabbat.

Community Chanukkah Party

Dec 09, 2018

5:00-7:00 p.m.

Our Jewish community is coming together for a chanukkah celebration with Hillel and JET UIUC. Join us for plenty of games, food, music and menorahs at Illini Hillel. 

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