Holiday Programming

Tannenbaum Chabad House is the premier location to celebrate Jewish holidays as a Northwestern student.  Our annual programs have become staples of the Northwestern Jewish experience.  Hundreds of students flock to Chabad as their home-away-from-home during the holiday seasons.

Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur
Often set during the first week of school, Chabad offers a meaningful, inspirational, and educational service for students.  Because of the large attendance at these events, there is not enough space at the Chabad House.  Services are instead held at the student union.

Chabad House maintains a Sukkah for students to visit and utilize for meals throughout the holiday.  While it is rather large, it is always overflowing.  One of the most popular events is always Chicken Wings in the Hut.  It is a great opportunity for freshmen to meet each other.  In addition, Chabad provides a Sukkah at other campus locations.

Simchas Torah
Each year, students look forward to Chabad’s Simchas Torah celebration.  Students have the opportunity to sing and dance with the Torah.

Chabad’s annual Chanukah Dinner and Dance has featured Jewish singing stars such as Yaniv, The Ra’ashan Band, and The WildKatz, Northwestern’s very own Jewish Klezmer Ensemble.  The program has also featured a hypnotist in past years.  Chabad also distributes menorahs and candles to students living in residence halls, fraternities, and sororities.

Chabad’s annual Purim Masquerade features a Megillah reading, dancing, prizes for the best costume, and music by Chicago’s very own Jewish Rock Band Even Sh’siyah and The Kol Yaacov Band.  The Northwestern Marching Band has also participated in the celebration throughout the years.

Seders are held at Chabad House on both nights of Passover.  Students participate in this interactive Seder experience, led by Rabbi Klein.

Chabad House offers all-night learning opportunities to observe the holiday of Shavuot.  Previous topics have included Accepting Responsibility for Another Person, The Truth Behind Shavuot: When the Jewish People Really Received the Torah, and Chiastic Structures of Avrahom’s Life.