Chanukah 5776

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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ChanukahBlessingsDo 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.
Listen to's podcast with Rabbi Josh Franklin hosts, Jesse and Jen, talk Chanukah with Rabbi Josh Franklin of What role does Chanukah play in the history of the Jewish people? What role does it play for modern Jews? How/why does it compete with Christmas? So many questions! 

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This year, celebrate the first night of Chanukah, December 6 at 6:00 pm with your TBE community. Join us in the sanctuary for a public candle lighting, or join hundreds of other families via our live stream from your home. Whether in person or digitally, we hope to connect our entire community together as we all partake in lighting our menorahs. 

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Make sure to share your Chanukah experiences with the community by uploading pictures and status updates to your social media account using the hashtag #TBEfirstnight.

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