As we begin Hanukkah, we’re reminded of the miracles and hope that have illuminated our path as a community throughout the centuries.

This Hanukkah, in partnership with the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, we are asking everyone in Milwaukee to SHINE A LIGHT on all that is good in our community, while reminding ourselves to never lose hope and to always let our collective light shine even in the darkest of times.

Here’s how you can show your support:


Everyone in Milwaukee – Jewish or not – can light a menorah in support of the Milwaukee Jewish Community. Let your light shine to help dispel the darkness.

Download a menorah to place in your home or office and post on social media. Be the support the Jewish community needs.

Interested in the real thing? Our friends at Chabad-Lubavitch of Wisconsin can provide a menorah and candles for you to participate in the Festival of Lights. Delivery and a pick-up option in Glendale are available using form below. Kits are also available to purchase in person at the west entrance of the Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC and at Jewish Museum Milwaukee.


Israeli activist, Noa Tishby, is coming to Milwaukee December 13th. Noa is a New York Times Bestselling Author and Former Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism and Delegitimization of Israel.

Wednesday, December 13 | 7 PM
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd


The community-wide Hanukkah celebration is back! Join us as we celebrate “Heroes of Hanukkah.” Families can enjoy a variety of different activities, mitzvah projects, and performances. Hanukkah food available for purchase from Hannah’s Kitchen at CAFA B DATA.

Monday, December 11 | 4:30 PM
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC
6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd


The Daniel M. Hoan Memorial Bridge will be lit as a menorah each night in partnership with Light The Hoan. We encourage everyone to light their menorahs alongside us each night. 


December 7 at 6:00 p.m.
Lighting of the Shamash (helper candle) and first candle of the menorah

December 8 at 4:00 p.m.
Early lighting for Shabbat and lighting of the second candle

December 9-13 at 6:00 p.m.
Lighting of the next five candles

December 14 at 6:00 p.m.
Lighting of the eighth and final candle

Across North America, antisemitism is on the rise. In 2020, 57.5% of all religiously-motivated hate crimes were against Jews, who make up just 2% of the U.S. population. One in every four American Jews has been targeted by antisemitism over the past year, and nearly four in ten report changing their behavior for fear of being identified as Jewish, or for their safety or comfort as Jew. Antisemitism persists across society in “polite” conversation as well as in explicitly dangerous and insidious forms, and typically tracks with broader patterns of discrimination, progressions of violence, and the fraying of democracy.

Throughout the eight days of Hanukkah, Shine A Light will illuminate modern forms of antisemitism and inspire awareness and action to fight it at every turn across America and Canada—in workplaces, schools and campuses, and online. 

Website: www.shinealighton.com for a full slate of events, resources, and tools