Annual Lighting of Boulder County’s Largest Menorah on Pearl Street Mall on Night 2

Jewish tradition teaches that no matter how dark it gets we must strive to bring light. No holiday celebrates this concept more brightly than Chanukah, which requires lighting one more candle each night until we have filled the eight-branched menorah or chanukia and brought light to the darkness.

Every year, hundreds of people from Boulder brave the always-variable weather to watch the lighting of Boulder County’s Biggest Menorah on the fabulous Pearl Street Mall together.

For many families, this is an annual event and the true start of the holiday.

This year’s entertainment includes local musical group Gelt Rebellion who will lead a full-production sing-along followed by Balkan-style marching/dancing in the streets, and a chance to have your picture taken with Chip – the CU Boulder mascot.

There will also sufganiot (traditional jelly doughnuts), hot and fresh latkes, coffee, tea, and cocoa, and special Chanukah hats for the first 100 families.

No reservations are required for this special event. Just dress for the weather and join the party on the 1300 block of Pearl, just in front of the courthouse.

This exciting event is hosted by the Boulder County Center for Judaism, and sponsored by Andy and Audrey Franklin, the Boulder JCC, Boulder Jewish News, Caroline Blelcher of Re/MAX of Boulder, Falafel King, JEWISHcolorado, the Oreg Foundation, and Rhonda and Bruce Wildman, for whose support we are enormously grateful.

For more information, call 303-494-1638 or email

About Chany Scheiner

Co - Director of Boulder Center for Judaism. Any successful organization needs a heart and that is what Chany provides, along with organization, marketing, innovative programming, and countless Shabbat dinners. Some of her accomplishments are large and public like the annual menorah lighting on Pearl Street and the matzo and shofar factories, while others are quiet and private like the time she spends counseling individuals and sharing the wisdom that comes from study.

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