Chanukah is almost here and we have a variety of ways to engage with TBE during the holidays!

Wednesday December 1st 7:00PM Virtual Candle Lighting 

Save the date for a virtual candle lighting with your Temple Beth El community. We’ll light the menorah, engage in some music and trivia with Rabbi Norry and share DIY ideas for a fun Chanukah-at-home submitted by our TBE layleaders.

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Thursday December 2nd: Matzah Ball at Avondale Brewery (Young Adults)

You are Invited to Birmingham’s first Matzah Ball on December 2nd, from 8:00 pm-10:00 pm! Dress to impress in your favorite holiday cocktail outfit and your fanciest face mask and join us on the upper level of Avondale Brewery for a Hanukkah celebration featuring a DJ, drinks, sweet treats, and menorah lighting. Early bird tickets are $18 until November19th, then $20 until November 29th!

The Matzah Ball is hosted by Temple Beth El, Temple Emanu-El, Chabad and You Belong in Birmingham, and The Birmingham Jewish Federation’s NextGen Group (ages 21-40).

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*Masks and COVID vaccine required*


















ShulHouse Rock – Chanukah Edition 

Saturday December 4th: Family Shabbat (All Ages)

Save the date for a special Chanukah edition of ShulHouse Rock Family Shabbat! Along with a Shir Hadash family service, participatory opportunities for teens, and Tot Shabbat we’ll have a special Chanukah-cookie making activity hosted by Sisterhood. RSVP to Margaret Detailed schedule coming soon!

















Saturday December 5th: Mensch Adventures (Grades 3-7)

This year the Birmingham Jewish Federation’s Young Jewish Philanthropy (YJP) program and Temple Beth El’s Mensch Adventures are coming together for a series of collaborative hands-on learning experiences. Each Mensch Adventure connects social action and Jewish values. Join us on December 5th to learn about honoring our elders, and for some special card and candle making for our community seniors. There will be festive Chanukah treats! This session is open to grades 3-7. RSVP to Margaret at

















Sunday December 12th: Beyond the December Dilemma

Join TBE’s Inter-Everything group for an idea swap and holiday celebration. We’ll share both the tricky parts of navigating a month of holidays in an inter-anything household, as well as the joys and creative ideas that come from our diverse traditions. Bring a favorite holiday recipe to share with the group and your copy of The Interfaith Family Journal. We’ll have childcare available so that grown-ups can enjoy an informal discussion led by Margaret Norman and Rebecca Milsap. And did we mention there will be food?

Location TBD. RSVP to Margaret

This program is part of Beth El’s new programming series especially for our inter-everything families. Why inter-everything? Because in conversations with our community it’s become clear that interfaith doesn’t cover it. Our community is interfaith, intercultural, inter-denominational and everything beyond and in between. Rather than get caught up on labels we’re looking for chances to connect, and if you and/or your family identify as inter-anything we want to connect with you! Get in touch with Margaret at with questions or to share your programming ideas!