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NCYI National Chanukah Menorah Building Competition2022-11-22T11:40:41-05:00

NCYI National Chanukah Menorah Building Competition

What does your menorah look like?
Is it the classic gold tin candle menorah?
A standard 8-branch oil menorah?
Or do you prefer to be more original?

If you’re creative, if you’re good at building stuff, and if you love to invest your time and energy in hidur mitzvah (beautifying a mitzvah), this is the contest for you!

Entries will be judged in three age groups:

  • Kindergarten thru 4th grade
  • 5th – 8th grades
  • 9th – 12th grades

In each age group, one winner will receive a $360 gift card, and one runner up will receive a $180 gift card.*

To qualify, your entry must be a halachically proper menorah/chanukiah:

  1. Other than the shamash, all eight lights must be in a straight line and the same height. No semi-circles.
  2. The shamash should be higher than the eight candles, in the center, or on the right side.
  3. The shamash does not need to be in the same line as the eight candles, it could be in the front or back of the chanukiah.

A few additional rules:

  • Your menorah must be able to be lit using candles or olive oil. No electric menorahs.
  • A chanukiah should reflect the kedusha (holiness) of the chag. Have fun doing it, but do not make fun of something, or use images or themes that would reflect poorly on the chag.
  • Each menorah should be given a name that reflects its unique character.

All qualifying entries will be judged by visitors to this page, who will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite menorah.

Contest schedule:

  • December 26, 2022: Entry deadline
  • December 28: Voting opens
  • January 6, 2023: Voting closes
  • January 9: Winners announced


Use the form below to submit your entry:

Tell us about you...

Tell us about your Menorah...

Give it a name that captures the essence of what you've built!


* If there are fewer than 5 entries in an age group, there will not be a runner up awarded.