- Spiritual Practice
- Sunday, December 22 - Monday, December 30
- 6:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Chanukah, meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, is an eight-day festival commemorating the victory of a small group of Jewish rebels (led by Judah Maccabee and his brothers, collectively known as “the Maccabees”) over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. Chanukah is also known as the Festival of Lights. Modern celebrations focus on family and friends and include the lighting of the menorah (also called a hanukkiyah); singing and playing special songs and games (dreidel); and eating foods prepared in oil, including latkes (potato pancakes), sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), bimuelos (fried dough puffs), and keftes de prasas (leek patties).