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Hanukkah

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. 

Macomb St. Shabbat Hanukkah

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The Caps brought the Stanley Cup to D.C. Now we need your help us bring the “Yiddishe Cup” to WHC.

Friday, December 7 at Temple

Bring the whole team and your Hanukkah menorah so we can "Light the Lamp" together!

6:00 pm – Warm-Up
  • Shabbat stories and activities for Little Caps
  • Chevruta, a deep and engaging Torah discussion for the Pros
  • Hot appetizers and drinks for all players

6:30 pm – Puck Drop
  • Macomb St. Shabbat Service
  • No penalties, just joyful, musical worship

Overtime! – The Yiddishe Cup Championship Game
  • Compete in our hockey challenge and "celly" with latkes, doughnuts, and more

We've closed our online RSVP form, but everyone is welcome. Please come and help us Rock the WHC blue!

This service will be streamed.

Family Hanukkah Concert

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Families with young children, let's start the Hanukkah celebration together!

Date: Saturday, December 1
Time: 3:30 - 6:00 pm
Location: WHC's Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
11810 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Cost: $36/family

Alan Goodis in Concert

Hey little rockers! Bring your favorite adults and friends to our Hanukkah celebration kick off with Alan Goodis, a nationally touring musician whose Jewish music and dynamic performance will have everyone on their feet dancing and singing.

Havdalah and Pre-Hanukkah Celebration

We'll say goodbye to Shabbat with Havdalah and celebrate the festival of lights that begins on Sunday, December 2 with crafts, pizza, and — of course — latkes and jelly doughnuts!


Online registration is now closed, but walk-ins are most welcome! Come and pay at the door (cash, credit card, and checks are all accepted).

We hope to see you at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center on Saturday, December 1 at 3:30 pm!


Sponsored by the Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center and WHC Couples Club. 

 

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!