Chanukkah is "early" this year!


Actually, no--it falls on the 25th Kislev, like it does every year. The lunar calendar is short by about 11 days/year compared to the solar/Gregorian calendar, so the holidays move forward until corrected by leap years (about every 3rd year we add an extra month, Adar 2, to return the festivals to their proper seasonal times.) 


Anyway...Chanukkah begins the evening of Dec. 2nd in 2018. And CHESMA is planning some really great events to celebrate the Festival of Lights! 


Sunday, December 2nd


6 pm in the Jardín


For the first time ever!



Public Lighting of Giant Chanukkiyah

For more information, please contact the JC3 at

(415) 185-8181 or



Annual Community Chanukkah Party

Sunday, December 9th


5 pm at the JC3

Calle de las Moras #47, Col. Allende


Please join us for our annual Chanukkah bash, featuring a klezmer band, latkes and lotsa fun! To keep this a free event, all are asked to bring food and beverages to share. Also, don't forget to bring your chanukkiot (menorahs) to light, with 9 candles--the last night!!


One more thing: it has been our custom for several years to ask folks to please bring several items of canned/non-perishable food which will be used to build our big "Mitzvah Menorah", to be donated to a local charity, So Others May Eat (S.O.M.E, AC) after the holiday. Thank you.