Chanukah

Together, we celebrate dedication, courage, freedom, blessings and the holy community that gathers throughout the year in our MakomNisim gadolim korim po - great miracles are happening here. May we take the time out of our busy schedules to appreciate the daily miracles in our lives, and cherish the time we spend together. Retell the stories. Sing the songs. Share the light. Spin a dreidel.


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History of Chanukah Recipes
Songs Family Activities

 

Do you know the blessings for lighting the Chanukah candles?
Click here to listen to our very own TBE Cantor Jodi Sufrin sing a beautiful rendition of these blessings!

Click here to join TBE members and clergy light the Chanukah candles.

 

Say or sing:
1st Blessing
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tsivanu l'hadlik ner shel Chanukah.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to kindle the Chanukah lights.

 

 

2nd Blessing
Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, she-asah nisim laavoteinu v'imoteinu bayamim hahaeim baz'man hazeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who performed wondrous deeds for our ancestors in days of old at this season.

 

3rd Blessing (First Night ONLY)

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, shehecheyanu v'kiy'manu v'higianu laz'man hazeh.
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.

 
 
 
Candles are added to the chanukiyah (menorah) from right to left but are kindled from left to right.  The newest candle is lit first.  (On the Shabbat of Chanukah, kindle the Chanukah lights first and then the Shabbat candles.) Light the shamash (the helper candle) first, using it to kindle the rest of the Chanukah lights.
Chanukah begins Tuesday evening, December 12 (first candle).  

Join us Tuesday, December 12 through Tuesday, December 19 for communal candle lighting at TBE. Visit the TBE calendar for specific times and dates.

Families with Young Children Chanukah Celebration
Sunday, December 10, 3:30-5:30 pm

Join us for a festive Chanukah celebration as we explore the light of Chanukah.  There will be Chanukah art activities, Pumpernickel Puppets will perform, music, latkes and more! Light dinner for children. This event is ideal for families with children up to age 5 (older siblings welcome).

[email protected] Fifth Annual Chanukah Pot Luck Dinner
Thursday, December 14, 7:00 pm

Join us for this popular evening of great food and casual conversation!

Latkes and a Movie
Friday, December 15, 3:00-5:30 pm

Celebrate Chanukah with latkes and a movie, Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy, before lighting the Chanukah candles together.

Adult Chanukah Program: Bring in the Light
Friday, December 15, 5:00 pm

Rabbi Philip Sherman

Join us before TGIS service as we look into the teachings about the light of Chanukah and how it can illuminate or path in the world.

JELY Jr. (Grades K-5) Chanukah Dinner & Program
Friday, December 15

6:00 pm: TGIS Chanukah Services -  Join us for a service full of upbeat, joyful, inspiring music and liturgy.
7:00 pm: K-5 Community Dinner
7:30 pm: JELY Jr. (K-5 Youth Group) Programming