While ZooLights itself promises a mesmerizing display of twinkling lights and festive cheer, something extra special is in store for the Jewish community.

Jewish Community Night at ZooLights on December 16, 2023, will take the experience to a whole new level and from 5:30 to 9PM, the exclusive area at The Desert Tents will be brimming with activities and entertainment for all ages.

Stop by for an hour, or stay for all the fun… however and whenever you choose to join us that evening, we look forward to welcoming you into our community area. Check out what we have planned below so you can find the perfect time to stop by and enjoy.

Jewish Community Night at ZooLights face paintingDazzling Face Painting 
Kick off the evening with a burst of color! Talented entertainers from Storybook Entertainment will be on hand, transforming faces into works of art. Whether you opt for a whimsical design or a fierce animal face, the face painting experience is sure to delight both kids and the young at heart.
Sponsored by: East Valley JCC Early Learning Center and Temple Kol Ami

Jewish Community Night at ZooLights craft tentCrafty Creations and Collaborative Fun
Thanks to the generous support of Rachel’s Young At  Art Studio, the Craft Tent will be a haven for creativity. Dive into the world of DIY with a chance to create friendship bracelets, color a picture, or contribute to a community collaborative project. Sponsored by: Chanen Preschool, East Valley JCC, and The Solel Preschool

Jewish Community Night at ZooLights photo boothPicture-Perfect Memories at the Photo Booth
“Say cheese!” at the photo booth provided by Picture This AZ! Capture the magic of the evening with friends and family, creating lasting memories. It’s not just a snapshot; it’s a keepsake from a night filled with laughter and joy. Sponsored by: Congregation Kehillah, Jewish Tuition Organization, and Valley of the Sun JCC

Jewish Community Night at ZooLights scavenger huntSelfie Scavenger Hunt Adventure
Embark on a fun scavenger hunt around the Zoo, capturing moments with friends and a chance to win tickets to future Phoenix Zoo adventures. Pick up the Scavenger Hunt guide and post your photos along with #jewishzoolights for an interactive way to explore the enchanting displays of ZooLights. Sponsored by: Hillel at ASU and Jewish Free Loan


Jewish Community Night at ZooLights story time with Marcy from PJ LibraryStory Time with Miss Marcy at 6:30PM
For our younger attendees, the charming Miss Marcy from PJ Library will host a special Story Time at 6:30 PM. Gather around in the entertainment tent and enjoy magical moments for the little ones. Sponsored by: East Valley JCC


Jewish Community Night at ZooLights Havdalah Havdalah Harmony at 7PM
At 7PM, join Rabbi Aviva Funke from the Bureau of Jewish Education for a community-wide Havdalah ceremony. This beautiful ritual, marking the end of Shabbat, brings a sense of unity and spirituality to the heart of ZooLights.


Jewish Community Night at ZooLights Chuck FieldsChuck Field’s Comedy at 7:30 PM
Prepare for laughter that echoes through the night with ventriloquist Chuck Field. His comedic genius promises an entertaining and lighthearted experience for all. Sponsored by: Pardes Jewish Day School


Jewish Community Night at ZooLights musical performance by Cantor Seth Ettinger and Cantor Ross WolmanMusical Magic at 8PM
Cap off the night with an unforgettable musical performance featuring Cantor Seth Ettinger from Congregation Beth Israel and Cantor Ross Wolman from Temple Chai. Let the soul-stirring melodies resonate under the starry ZooLights sky. Sponsored by: Limmud AZ


Grab a treat, take a seat, and enjoy community
The Desert Tents area is just a short 10 minute walk from the main entrance. Once you get to our special area, show your ticket to our community volunteers, and follow the lit up path to a fun community-filled area with all of the above experiences and entertainment. Plus, we’ll have a snack table filled with kosher pre-packaged snacks and tables for you to grab a seat and enjoy conversations with friends.
Snack Table Sponsored by: Congregation Beth Israel, East Valley JCC, Gesher Disability Resources, and Temple Solel

Don’t miss out on this extraordinary evening of community, laughter, and holiday magic. Secure your spot at Jewish Community Night at ZooLights on December 16, 2023. More information and tickets can be purchased at phoenixcjp.org/zoolights. Mark your calendars, gather your loved ones, and get ready for a night that blends the enchantment of ZooLights with the warmth of community spirit.



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