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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. 

Shabbat Hanukkah: A Festival of Light Sabers

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May the Maccabees be with you!

Date: Friday, December 20
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Temple
Free, but RSVP requested: Click here if you will join us!

Win a 4-Pack of Movie Passes!

RSVP by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, December 18, and you will be entered into a drawing to win one of four 4-packs of movie passes! Winners will be announced at Shabbat Hanukkah (must be present to win; only one entry (RSVP) per family).

Hanukkah begins on Sunday, December 22, but our Festival of Light Sabers — and the final Star Wars film — will premiere two days before. Join us for a festive Shabbat Hanukkah visual tefilah service.

After the service, stop by The Cantina to fuel up, and see if you have what it takes at our Jedi Academy. Try out the Dagobah Training Course, Darth Vader's Dark Room, Droid Spinning, Kylo Ren vs. Rey, Obi Wan's Force Training, and Princess Leia's Bun Decorating


This service will be streamed.

Family Hanukkah Concert

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ShirLaLa and Friends are bringing us their outrageously hip music for young kids and the adults who love them!

Date: Sunday, December 15
Time: 3:00 - 6:00 pm
Location: WHC's Julia Bindeman Suburban Center
11810 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854

Advance ticket orders: $36/family (up to 4 people); additional family members are $5 each*

Click here to purchase tickets.

Hey little rockers! Bring your favorite adults and friends to our family Hanukkah concert with ShirLaLa and Friends. Shira Kline and her friends will have everyone on their feet with their full-on dance party.

We'll celebrate the Festival of Lights that begins on December 22 with crafts, pizza, and — of course! — latkes and jelly doughnuts.

*Online ticket sales will end at 4:00 pm on Friday, 12/13. Tickets may be purchased at the door: $45/family and $10 for additional family members)

Sponsored by the Rabbi Joseph Weinberg Early Childhood Center, the Edlavtich-Tyser Early Childhood Center, and WHC Couples Club.  

Hanukkah Party

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Tuesday, December 17

Join the Women of WHC to celebrate a successful Boutique & Silent Auction and to celebrate Hanukkah with lunch and latkes.

Date: Tuesday, December 17
Time: 12:30 pm
Location: JBSC

Please click here to RSVP.

Hanukkah: A Festival of Lasers

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Date: Wednesday, December 18
Time: 6:45 - 10:00 pm
Location: Ultrazone Laser Tag, 3447 Carlin Springs Rd., Falls Church, VA 22041

Click here to RSVP!

WHC's 2239 is teaming up with GatherDC, NOVA Tribe, and Rodef 2100 for a night of Laser Tag! We've rented out Ultrazone in Falls Church, Virginia, for two hours of fun.

The cost is $25. BYOB and/or dinner. Snacks and soft drinks are included.

Click here to RSVP!

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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