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The Sanctuary is aglow with lights from our congregants' hanukkiyot as we celebrate the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian army and the rededication of the Temple. 

Shabbat Hanukkah Family Celebration

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Date: Friday, December 15
Time:
    5:45 pm - "Pre-neg" with challah, veggies, and hummus  
    6:00 pm - Intergenerational Shabbat Hanukkah Service
    7:00 pm - Oneg for Everyone
    7:00 pm - "Who Wants to be a Maccabee?" for Families
    7:30 pm - Adult Study Session
Location: Temple
Click here to RSVP!

Who Wants to be a Maccabee? – A Shabbat Hanukkah Celebration for Families

Young (and old) Maccabees and Maccabee-wannabes are invited to celebrate Hanukkah with us at Temple on Friday, December 15. Need fortification before the 6:00 pm service? Arrive a little early for a “pre-neg” of challah, veggies, and hummus. At the Shabbat Hanukkah service, Religious School and ECC students will join us on the bimah at various times to help tell the story of the Maccabees and the Miracle of Light through song. After the service, you’ll have the chance to train and test your Maccabee skills at our oneg (with ample fortification from fried foods, of course). There’s no charge, but we’d like you to RSVP so we can plan, and bring two things with you: 1. An unwrapped toy to support our holiday toy drives, and 2. A hanukkiyah to light with us during the service.

This service will be streamed.

Shabbat Hanukkah Adult Study

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Date: Friday, December 15
Time:
    5:45 pm - "Pre-neg" with challah, veggies, and hummus  
    6:00 pm - Intergenerational Shabbat Hanukkah Service
    7:00 pm - Oneg for Everyone
    7:00 pm - "Who Wants to be a Maccabee?" for Families
    7:30 pm - Adult Study Session
Location: Temple
Click here to RSVP!

Beyond Dreidels and Latkes - For Adults and Those Who Appreciate Some In-Depth Study

Bring your hanukkiyah and an unwrapped toy to support our holiday toy drives to Temple and celebrate the Festival of Lights with your WHC family and friends. We will offer light snacks in Kreeger Lobby before the 6:00 pm intergenerational Shabbat Hanukkah service. Afterward, our holiday oneg will feature Hanukkah-themed foods and a chance to socialize with friends. Our adult study session will begin at 7:30 pm.

This service will be streamed.

Resources

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Hanukkah is a yearly reminder of the Maccabees' victory and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. As we celebrate this holiday, we also look for ways to recommit ourselves to the values of Judaism. These resources will help you find deeper meaning in the festival of lights.

Customs and Rituals
Explore Hanukkah's customs and rituals in this guide from ReformJudaism.org.

Hanukkah at Home
Kindle the Hanukkah lights at home! Click here for our guide to reciting the blessings over the hanukkiyah. How do you say the blessings in Hebrew? Click on the links to hear an audio recording of Cantor Bortnick reciting each blessing:

Hanukkah for Interfaith Families
InterfaithFamily's Hanukkah Booklet has all the information you need to understand the history, symbolism, and traditions of holiday.

Melodies
Bring some fun to your candle lighting with this collection of songs from ReformJudaism.org.

Recipes
Looking for something delicious to enjoy during Hanukkah? The Jewish Food Experience has a wonderful collection of recipes for you to make at home this year!

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