Chanukah Holiday Place Holder

Chanukah  |  December 24, 2016 - January 1, 2017

(From the website)  Chanukah, meaning "dedication" in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "re-dedication" of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Chanukah centers around the lighting of the chanukiah, a special menorah for Chanukah; unique foods, latkes and jelly doughnuts; and special songs and games.  During the holiday, there is a custom of eating foods fried or baked in oil to commemorate the miracle of a small flask of oil keeping the flame in the Temple alight for eight days. Learn how to make latkes and other delicious recipes.
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Light the First Chanukah Candle on
Saturday, December 24

Friday, December 30

Shabbat Chanukah Celebration with Choir and Potluck Supper

Shabbat is always special, but Shabbat + Chanukah = A Very Special Night!  Join the extended Barnert community as we share the gifts of Shabbat, the lights of Chanukah and the thanks of the Thanksgiving holiday together as a community.  Our adult and youth choirs will add a special touch to the evening, as will our always popular Potluck Supper!  We will also welcome many of our college students home on this special Shabbat, so we hope to see many of you on December 19!

Lighting Your Chanukah Menorah (Chanukiyah)

How to Light Your MenorahThe Chanukah menorah is called a chanukiyah. It holds nine candles - eight candles for the eight nights of Chanukah, and one "helper candle" called the shamash. The shamash is used to light the eight candles in your chanukiyah.
When you fill your chanukiyah with candles, first place the shamash in its special holder, which is either higher or lower than the other candles. Then place the first candle in the far-right holder. Each night you will fill your chanukiyah from right to left with the proper number of candles (one for each night).
When you light your candles, first light the shamash and then use the shamash to light the candles from left to right (lighting the newest candle first).

Chanukah Blessings

Chanukah Blessings



Chanukah Links

Small MenorahLight the Virtual Chanukiyah

Watch our kid-friendly Chanukah menorah fill with lights each night. 

Latkes on a PlateHistory, Rituals and More...


Passover Links for FamiliesChanukah Resources for Families and Children


SufganiyotTry Your Hand at Sufganiyot (Chanukah Doughnuts)

Feeling a little nervous?  Try this step-by-step recipe from