Chanukah

December 25 2016-January 1, 2017
Note:  The first candle is lit the evening of December 24, 2016

“Oh Chanukah, O’ Chanukah, come light the menorah….” It is time again for glowing menorahs, spinning dreidles, delicious latkes (potato pancakes) and deep fried sufganiot (Jelly donuts).  It’s Chanukah time. On Chanukah, Jewish families around the world gather together in their homes and light the Chanukah candles. Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, celebrates the great miracles that happened during the Maccabee revolt in the time of the Second Temple period. In commemoration of the “miracle of the oil,” Jews light candles each night for eight nights. What was the miracle of the oil? Read the Chanukah story and find out.

Here is a list of wonderful NJOP resources where you can learn more about the holiday: