Celebrate Hanukkah at the Alliance


Who doesn’t love Hanukkah? A celebration of miracles, light and unity, the holiday is a favorite for young and old. Children gorge on Hanukkah gelt – chocolate coins wrapped in gold – while adults take advantage of an excuse to indulge in oil-based foods. Mmmm… sufganiyot! It’s for a good cause, right? If you, too, are ready to celebrate the Festival of Lights, the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island has lined up some fun activities for the occasion. Pay attention – it’s party time!



Hanukkah Escape Room

Dec. 2 and 9, 12-5 p.m.

Dwares JCC, Providence

It’s an hour before sundown. You realize you’re out of Hanukkah candles and must retrieve some from the storage room. When the door shuts behind you, you have to find the menorah and the candles, not to mention the key to the door. The trick? You have to do it all before the oil runs out. Think you have what it takes? Give it a try!

This event – held at the Dwares JCC for the very first time – is the brainchild of Adam Greenman, the president and CEO, who created the puzzles used in the game. The players solve various riddles to advance toward their next clue, and ultimately to escape.

Each reservation accommodates up to six people, so bring your whole family! Lisa Maybruch, director of adult programming, says, “The riddles are for all ages. Young participants will be able to help the adults.” To book your 45-minute time slot for $36, contact Lisa Maybruch at lmaybruch@jewishallianceri.org or at 401-421-4111, ext. 111.

Vodka Latke

Dec. 1, 7-10 p.m.

CW Lanes & Games

Lincoln Mall, Lincoln

This year’s (401)j annual Hanukkah party is a unique one. The group will have fun and make a difference at the same time – half of the proceeds of ticket prices will go toward the scholarship fund that helps children attend Summer J-Camp at the Dwares JCC. Lisa Maybruch invites young Jewish Rhode Island professionals to “network, engage, and give back to the community.” She says that the event is a great place to build relationships and socialize in a fun, casual atmosphere. And don’t forget – latkes and jelly doughnuts will fortify you as you bowl. For $30 per person, you’ll also get one drink ticket. L’chaim! To reserve your spot, contact Maybruch at lmaybruch@jewishallianceri.org or at 401-421-4111, ext. 111.

Israel Culture Series

Dec. 12, 7-9 p.m.

Dwares JCC, Providence

Nir Cafri, the Israeli shaliach (emissary), is putting together this exciting event for all ages. It will start with a short film about Hanukkah. Following the film, attendees will partake in an Israeli Trivia game, bingo, and a dreidel competition.

Whoever can spin the dreidel the longest wins! Later, everyone will receive chocolate coins to gamble with during casino-style games, including blackjack and Hanukkah Roulette. 

The evening will encompass not only fun, but also an educational aspect. “I want people to learn about Israel and Hanukkah in a fun and engaging way,” said Cafri. 


Maccabee Boot Camp

Dec. 5, 4-5:30 p.m.

Dwares JCC, Providence

This event is perfect for those who want to celebrate Hanukkah in the style of Maccabee warriors. Attendees will enjoy such festivities as an obstacle course, a giant tzedakah box, and a dreidel-making activity. And if anyone should get hungry, snacks and latkes will be on hand starting at 4 p.m. – at the hour your grandma called you to dinner. Make sure to stay for the candle lighting at 5:15 p.m. While the event is intended for children older than 4, crafts and PJ Library story time will be available for their smaller siblings. For more information, contact Michelle Cicchitelli at mcicchitelli@jewishallianceri.org or at 401-421-4111, ext. 178.

IRINA HAWKINS is a Providence-based writer.