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Chag Urim Sameach - Happy Festival of Lights!

This year, Chanukah begins Sunday, December 18 and concludes Monday, December 26. Celebrate with us Friday, December 23rd for our Chanukah Shabbat and Candle-lighting, a beloved yearly tradition. Read on for more information on how to reflect on and celebrate the holiday.

THE WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN & WHYS OF CHANUKAH (in no particular order):

WHAT: Chanukah, one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays, is a festive eight-day celebration that for many people falls during the darkest, coldest season of the year. Also called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is often celebrated with singing and playing special songs and games (dreidel), and eating foods prepared in oil including latkessufganiyot, bimuelos (fried dough puffs) and keftes de prasas (leek patties). Candles are lit for each of the nights of the holiday on a branched menorah (also called a hanukkiyah). 

WHY: At what is the coldest, darkest time of the year for many people, we celebrate by bringing light and warmth into our homes, into our communities and into the world around us. In the Talmud, the rabbis taught that the mitzvah of Chanukah, is a “candle for each man and his household” (the modern Reform understanding is that this text refers to everyone, not just men). So the actual mitzvah, or commandment, of the holiday is to kindle the Chanukah lights at home!

WHO:  Chanukah, meaning "dedication" in Hebrew, commemorates the victory of a small group of Jewish rebels (led by Judah Maccabee and his brothers, collectively known as “the Maccabees”) over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "rededication" of the Temple in Jerusalem.

WHEN: The holiday begins sundown on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev and lasts for eight days.

WHERE: Chanukah can be celebrated anywhere, but we hope you will join us at our special holiday Shabbat celebration on Friday, December 23rd (be sure to bring a toy or gift card to donate to our toy drive for Canal Alliance). See below for our full holiday schedule of programs and services. 



SundaySun, 11 DecDecember, 2022

Women of Rodef Sholom Chanukah Social

Sunday, Dec 11th 6:30p to 8:00pJoin the Women of Rodef Sholom at our annual Chanukah social! Connect with friends, new and not so new! Bring your Chanukah menorah and candles to light together. Share your favorite Chanukah recipe (not just latkes). Wear Chanukah holiday attire! Feel free to bring your favorite Chanukah food to eat during this event.


SaturdaySat, 17 DecDecember, 2022

Cooking with Julie Fingersh: Ready to make Latkes and Schnitzel?

Shabbat, Dec 17th 1:00p to 2:30pOn the eve of Chanukah, join congregant/writer Julie Fingersh as we cook and schmooze our way through a holiday-themed feast!


FridayFri, 23 DecDecember, 2022

Rodef Sholom's Chanukah Community Celebration!

Friday, Dec 23rd 5:00p to 7:15pGather with us to for a special Chanukah celebration as we bask in the light of the season together. Bring your menorah and candles for a community lighting, and enjoy doughnuts and sufganiyot from local favorite Johnny Doughnuts, music, and revelry. Please bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Multicultural Center for the holidays. 5:00 pm Jr. Jews; 5:45 pm Pre-Oneg; 6:15 pm Shabbat Services



Sun, November 27 2022 3 Kislev 5783