Hanukkah Section Landing Introduction


Hanukkah (alternately spelled 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 Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the hanukkiyah, a special menorah for Hanukkah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts); and special songs and games.

WHEN IS Hanukkah ?

2016, Dec 24
- 2017, Jan 01
2017, Dec 12 - 20

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Ner Shel Tzedakah: Candle of Righteousness

By returning to and reclaiming the Temple, the Maccabees recommitted themselves to a Jewish way of life, to all that they held dear. Thus, Hanukkah prompts a rededication not only to Judaism, but also to the values at the center of the Jewish faith. In particular, Hanukkah can be a time for us to rededicate ourselves to the Jewish value of tikkun olam, repair of the world. 

A Social Justice Gift Guide for Hanukkah

In search of a unique Hanukkah gift for the social justice hero in your life? Look no further than this guide for all your gift-giving needs - with an emphasis on tikkun olam, the repair of our broken world.

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