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Chanukah 2019 (5780) begins Sunday, December 22 at sundown and ends Monday, December 30 at sundown.

Chanukah, 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 chanukiyah, a special menorah for Chanukah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts); and special songs and games.

Scroll down for great Chanukah information, how-tos, activities, mitzvah opportunities, music videos, recipes, and more!

 

BLESSINGS

Practice Singing The Blessings!

MORE ABOUT CHANUKAH

Rockdale’s Holidays at Home – Chanukah Edition

Explore at ReformJudaism.org

What is Chanukah?

LEARNING FOR ADULTS

URJ Webinar: Meanings and Melodies

Did You Know?

Gift Giving Origins and Tips for Today

URJ Webinar: Maoz Tzur (Rock of Ages) through the Ages

Eight Chanukah Customs from Around the World

ACTIVITIES & VIDEOS FOR CHILDREN

Chanukah for Kids

Shalom Sesame: Telly Plays Dreidel

The Chanukah Shaboom! Special

ShirLaLa’s Chanukah Bamba

"Judah Maccabee" Song - the Story of Chanukah

How to Play Dreidel

Make Your Own Menorah at Home!

Virtual Dreidel Game

Help Young Kids get into the Spirit of Chanukah!

CHANUKAH MITZVAH OPPORTUNITIES

Get swabbed with Gift of Life

Learn more about getting swabbed with the Maccabeats

Ner Shel Tzedakah: Candle of Righteousness

Donate to support Eighth Night for Ethan

CELEBRATE WITH MUSIC!

Lyrics and Melodies to Traditional Chanukah Songs

Rockin' Chanukah Playlists

The Maccabeats – Latke Recipe

Six13 – Chanukah

The Maccabeats – All About that Neis

The Maccabeats - Candlelight

Chanukah Oh Chanukah

RECIPES

Applesauce 

Sufganiyot (Jelly Doughnuts) 1

Sufganiyot 2

Gluten Free Sufganiyot

Tue, January 28 2020 2 Sh'vat 5780