December 17

6:00 pm


IGNITE! Tikkun Leil Chanukah: A New Festival of Jewish Culture & Learning

Venue: Holy Blossom Temple

Category Music
Category Family
Category Celebrations

Tikkun Leil Chanukah: A New Festival of Jewish Culture & Learning

December 17, 6:00 pm, Hosted at Holy Blossom Temple (1950 Bathurst Street)

Jointly presented by The Holy Blossom Temple Centre for Arts and Culture, Annex Shul, Ashkenaz Foundation, Beth Tzedec Congregation, City Shul, Danforth Jewish Circle, First Narayever Congregation, Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Congregation Shir Libeynu, Temple Sinai Congregation, and the UJA Committee for Yiddish.

Live and online options are available!

Ignite a new tradition for Chanukah. IGNITE! opens with a community-wide Havdalah for all ages, then breaks into a choose-your-own-adventure of arts-based workshops, performances, and Jewish study sessions. The centrepiece of the program will include a hybrid live/virtual variety concert curated by the Ashkenaz Festival, in which artists from around the corner and around the world will bring us fresh musical performances inspired by the themes of the season. Kosher food for purchase. All are welcome!

Family tickets provide access to the inter-generational communal Havdalah gathering at 6 PM and to a shorter program for families with kids ages 5-12, with light kosher dinner included, after Havdalah.

Watch the concert live on Ashkenaz’s Facebook page  or on the Holy Blossom website 

Register here today

Suggested donation: Adults $20 (light kosher food for purchase at an additional cost at the event)

Register here for IGNITE: Family Track

Family track $30 per family of 4, plus $2/additional child (includes light kosher dinner)

Register here for IGNITE: Teen Track

$18 per person (includes light kosher dinner)



  • Songful communal, inter-generational Havdalah with Rabbi Yael Splansky, Cantor David Rosen, Cantor Sidney Ezer, Aaron Rotenberg, and Aviva Chernick
  • Instant Choir Ensemble with Cantor David Rosen
  • Song Circle with Aviva Chernick and Cantor Sidney Ezer
  • Judith: Our Unsung Hero with cantorial intern Ella Martin Gladstone
  • Put a Little Yiddish in Your Chanukah with Sharon Power
  • Chanukah’s Biblical Backstory with Rabbi Ed Elkin
  • Hands-on Hanukkah: Holiday ASL Workshop with Arthur Gunter
  • Dark Room, Bright Lights: Hand-Processed Film Developing Workshop with Aaron Rotenberg
  • Sacred Darkness: mystical teachings with Aaron Rotenberg
  • Ask the Rabbi: panel discussion among rabbis from different denominations
  • Table Drumming and Chanting with Rabbi Aaron Levy
  • Blanket Tying Workshop for Ve’ahavta with Alan Gotlib and Sybil Berk
  • And more to come!