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How Do You Spell Hanukkah?

How Do You Spell Hanukkah?

Because Hanukkah is a Hebrew word, there is no one correct way to translate the spelling of the word into English. So what spelling is best? As you see throughout this site, the Reform Movement uses “Hanukkah,” which a recent (non-scientific) study reveals is the second most popular way to spell the word. eJewish Philanthropy reported today,

According to Evite, a leading digital invitation and social event planning brand, with no one, right way to spell the Hebrew word for the Festival of Lights, it begs the question: what is the most popular way to spell Hanukkah?

Culled from folks who sent Hanukkah-related invitations on Evite in 2011, here are the Top 8 Ways to Spell (C)Hanuk(k)a(h)

  1. HANUKKA 23%
  2. HANUKKAH 22%
  3. HANUKA 13%
  4. HANUKAH 12%
  5. CHANUKA 11%
  6. CHANUKAH 10%
  7. HANNUKA 5%
  8. HANNUKAH 4%


Kate Bigam is the social media and community manager for the Union for Reform Judaism, also serving as a content manager and editor for She is a proud alumna of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism’s Eisendrath Legislative Assistant fellowship and also served as the RAC's press secretary. A native Ohioan now settled in Cleveland, Kate grew up at Temple Beth Shalom in Hudson, OH, and holds a degree in magazine journalism from Kent State University.

Kate Bigam

Published: 12/04/2012

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