Chanukah (alternately spelled Hanukkah), meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and “rededication” of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Chanukah centers around the lighting of the hanukkiyah, a special menorah for Chanukah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts); and special songs and games.
This year (5778 or 2017), Chanukah begins at sundown on December 12 and continues through December 20.
Please join us for Temple Beth El’s Chanukah Shabbat Service and Dinner on December 15, as well as many other special Chanukah events all week. Temple offices are open normal hours during Chanukah.
Please visit the URJ Chanukah Page for more information, history, customs, delicious recipes, and family activities to celebrate Chanukah.
Shop at our Discovered Traditions Gift Shop and special Chanukah Room for all your Chanukah needs. Proceeds benefit our religious school and youth programs.
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