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Your Guide to Hanukkah 2021 in Portland

Brisket, Latkes, and More
November 23, 2021
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Load up on crispy potato pancakes from the Killingsworth Station cart Sweet Lorraine's Latkes & More for Hanukkah. (Sweet Lorraine's Latkes & More)

After the piousness of the Jewish High Holidays has passed, Hanukkah rolls in with jelly-filled sufganiyot, chocolate gelt, and menorah lightings celebrating the triumph of the Maccabees and a very miraculous bit of oil. The holiday runs from November 28-December 6 this year, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate around Portland, from latkes at places like Kachka, Sweet Lorraine's, and Ben & Esther's Vegan Jewish Deli (which just opened a new Northeast Alberta location) to a menorah lighting at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

HANUKKAH SPECIALS

Bullard
Cap off your Hanukkah celebration with a festive dinner package that includes smoked brisket, herb potato confit, spiced honey glazed carrots, savory kugel, and chocolate walnut rugelach. Optional wine is also available. Pickup is available from December 3-5.
Downtown
Pickup, delivery

Kachka
According to a press release, Bonnie and Israel Morales' beloved restaurant will have the "Latke Party" spread of your dreams available for dine-in, with 12 crispy potato pancakes and eight show-stopping accompaniments, one for each night of the holiday: spiced persimmon apple-butter, house-cured wild salmon roe, homemade smetana, flambéed Dungeness crab and maitake mushroom gratin, Avjar pepper and eggplant spread, beet suzma, Uzbek cheese spread, and beet and horseradish cured salmon. The meal even comes with a dreidel and gelt to play with while you wait. Feeling luxe? Add on Tsar Nicoulai Estate White Sturgeon Caviar or smoked brisket with jus and smokey uzvar bbq, or try the pishki (fluffy, fried-to-order yeasted doughnuts) with sea buckthorn curd filling for dessert. Kachka also hasn't left out those celebrating at home: They're also offering á la carte takeout options, including a dozen crispy potato draniki, a pound of brisket, braided challah bread, and spiced persimmon apple butter.
Buckman
Pickup, dine-in
À la carte options available


Kenny & Zuke's Delicatessen
This Jewish deli is offering latkes for $2 each from November 28-December 5, with homemade applesauce and sour cream included. One dozen minimum is required for to-go orders. Co-owner Ken Gordon will also be preparing his signature pot roast, available by the pound with or without tsimmes, as well as in pot roast sandwiches for takeout or dine-in.
Downtown
Pickup, delivery, dine-in
À la carte options available

Lazy Susan
The charcoal grill restaurant offers a brunch box inspired by the iconic New York deli Russ & Daughters, with house-made bialys, king salmon gravlax, a variety of toppings (capers, lemon, dill cream cheese, red onion, and dill pickles), beef fat hashbrowns in place of latkes, and a smoked whitefish spread with fried saltines and winter vegetables. For Hanukkah, they're also adding wild mushroom matzo ball soup and sufganiyot, which will also be available for dine-in. Dishes from the brunch box are also available á la carte.
Montavilla
Pickup, dine-in
À la carte options available

Sweet Lorraine's Latkes & More
The Killingsworth Station cart has you covered with its signature latkes by the dozen or half-dozen, plus applesauce, sour cream, kasha varnishkes, kale wheatberry salad with honey lemon vinaigrette, savory kugel, and sufganiyot.
Overlook
Pickup
À la carte options available


Zupan's Markets
Impress your friends and family with a Hanukkah dinner for four from Zupan's, complete with braised beef brisket, sweet potato and apricot tsimmes, matzo ball soup, potato latkes, rugelach, roasted asparagus, broccoli tabbouleh, chopped chicken livers, and homemade applesauce. The specialty market also has plenty of other options available á la carte, including chicken marbella, roasted cedar plank salmon, Harris Ranch beef brisket, pomegranate rosemary-marinated lamb, fresh king salmon fillets, roasted carrots with candied pecans, halva, and raspberry-filled donuts from Marsee Baking.
Goose Hollow, Southwest, Lake Oswego
Pickup
À la carte options available

OTHER JEWISH FOOD

Ben & Esther's Vegan Jewish Deli
This popular Jewish deli just opened its new Northeast Alberta location last Saturday, serving a plant-based menu of bagels, latkes, knishes, noodle kugel, matzo ball soup, deli sandwiches, salads by the pound, and baked goods like babka, hamantaschen, and black and white cookies, with plenty of gluten-free options. The restaurant was previously vegetarian but transitioned to a 100% vegan menu last week at both the new location and its original NE Sandy Boulevard location. The Sandy Boulevard location is temporarily closed through Thanksgiving for remodeling and will reopen on Friday, November 26 at 7 am.
Vernon, Roseway
Pickup, dine-in

The Challahman
Enjoy the luxury of freshly baked kosher challah delivered directly to your door with this convenient local home delivery service. When you purchase the minimum order of two loaves of challah, they'll donate a third to the Holocaust Survivors Program of the Jewish Family & Child Service (which provides weekly Shabbat meals, in-home assistance, and other services for Holocast survivors in the Portland area) and to Kehillah House (independent affordable housing for adults with developmental disabilities). Place your order by noon on Tuesday to receive challah the following Friday.
Across Portland
Delivery

Holy Smokes Righteous Eats
This kosher-certified smokehouse offers a variety of barbecue dishes and deli specials, including coffee-rubbed smoked brisket sandwiches, pastrami sandwiches, beef ribs, burgers, potato salad, cornbread, potato knishes, and more. For vegetarians and vegans, there's smoked barbecue jackfruit, served on its own or in a hearty chili.
Southwest
Pickup

Kornblatt's
Ben Coleman recommends this dependable East Coast-style deli for Jewish fare, writing, "Kornblatt’s has all the staples year-round, from latkes to liver to knishes, presented in a style that can best be described as 'deli standard.'"
Nob Hill
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

EVENTS

First Annual DIY Dreidel Challenge
You can make a dreidel out of clay, but can you make one out of scrap materials? The sustainable art supply store Scrap PDX certainly believes you can, and they'll help you get crafty with basic instructions from their education specialist.
Scrap PDX, Sunday, November 28, 2 pm

Portland’s Public Menorah Lighting
Chabad of Oregon will have the honor of lighting the giant menorah in Pioneer Courthouse Square; a ceremony bolstered by live music, Hanukkah noshes, "dignitaries," and other family-friendly festivities will follow.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, Sunday, November 28, 4:30 pm

Let's Get Lit! Hanukkah Party
Dance the night away at this evening full of "dashing accordions, wailing violins, and emo songs about Russian immigrants, heartbreak, and the wonders of being alive," featuring local musicians Robin Jackson and Michelle Alany, who will regale guests with a mix of indie folk, pop, "desert ramblings," and klezmer music.
Alberta Street Pub, Thursday, December 2, 7:30 pm