Lighting the Chanukah Candles

The kindling of the lights is the most significant ceremony of the Festival. It should be observed in the spirit of reverence and solemnity, and in a beautiful and impressive manner.

On the fifth night of Chanukah, Friday, December 3 the Chanukah candles are kindled before nightfall and before the Shabbat candles. On the sixth night of Chanukah (Saturday, December 4), the Chanukah candles are kindled after Havdalah. On all other nights, the Chanukah candles should be kindled after nightfall. The Menorah should be placed near the window for all to see, safely away from curtains, drapes and shades.

Instructions for placing and lighting the Chanukah candles: As you face your Chanukiah, place the candles in their holders from right to left. As you light them, you light them from left to right, starting with the newest candle.

Kids Staring at Candles Glow
Mother and Daughter Lighting Candles

Chanukah Blessings

Recited after the Shamash, the Helper candle, is lit but before the other candles are kindled.


Baruch Ata ah-do-nai Eh-lo-haynu Melech Ha'olam asher
kid'sha-nu b'mitz-vo-tav vitzi-va-nu l'had-lik nayr shel Chanukah.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe,
who has sanctified us with Your commandments and
commanded us to kindle the lights of Chanukah.


Baruch Ata Ah-do-nai Eh-lo-haynu Melech Ha'olam she' Asa
ni'sim la'avotaynu ba'ya'min ha'haym ba'zma ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who
performed miracles for our ancestors in days of old at this
time of the year.

(Recite the prayer below on the first night only)


Baruch Ata Ah-do-nai Eh-lo-haynu Melech Ha'olam she-che-ya-nu,

v'ki-yi ma-nu-v'hi-gi-a-nu-la'z'man ha-zeh.

Blessed are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who
has kept us alive, sustained us and permitted us to celebrate

this season.

Chanukah Candles

Chanukah candles are now available! They will be placed outside the building so you do not have to come inside. Drive-by at your convenience anytime on Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm and on Fridays from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

If you are unable to come to Park, we can mail a box to you. Please contact Mary at or by calling (216) 371-2244, ext. 135, and give us your address. One box per household.

Donated through the generosity of the Myron & Rose Glass Chanukah Fund.

Operation Warm Up

Each year the Jewish Community conducts Operation Warm Up, a collection of winter clothing items for those in need in the general community, that is coordinated by the National Council of Jewish Women Cleveland. This year, we ask Park members to donate:

NEW warm mittens and gloves (especially waterproof) for men, women, and children.

Please bring your donations to Park Synagogue East and leave them in the weatherproof plastic bin outside the doors nearest to Brainard by December 10. If you would prefer to make a monetary donation, you can donate online here or send a check to Operation Warm Up, Park Synagogue, 27500 Shaker Blvd., Pepper Pike, oH 44124 (payable to Park Synagogue and earmarked for Operation Warm-Up.)

Direct any questions to Ellen Petler at or (216) 371-2244 ext. 122.

A Cosy Chanukah

Save the Date for

Sunday, November 21 •  Park Synagogue East


Join the Park Family Connection for a family-friendly afternoon of doing mitzvot while getting cozy and ready for Chanukah! We'll play Bingo for fun prizes, drink hot chocolate and make fleece blankets to donate and Chanukah cards for our residents living in local nursing homes. All ages are welcome. Limited spots available and open to Park members only. So be sure to secure your spot early! 

Register here or email

Park Family Connection is a group for Park families and friends with children 13 and younger in meaningful and fun activities that help them connect to synagogue life and each other.

Save the Date for

Shaker Lakes Sunset Hike

Saturday Afternoon, December 11 •  Shaker Lakes

Winter Snow

Join the Pre-Bar Mitzvah Students, Bar Mitzvah Students (Grades 5, 6 & 7) with a naturalist for a beautiful Shaker Lakes hike. Join PSWRS for Havdalah and S'mores around a campfire.

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Sponsored by Park Synagogue Wolf Religious School