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Hanukkah (Hebrew: חֲנֻכָּה), one of the most widely observed Jewish holidays, is a festive eight-day celebration that for many people falls during the darkest, coldest season of the year. Also called the Festival of Lights, the holiday brings light, joy, and warmth to our homes and communities as we celebrate with candles, food, family, and friends. Light comes literally, with the lighting of an additional candle each day, and metaphorically, through a newer emphasis on charitable donations and a commitment to the work of repairing the world (tikkun olam) during the holiday.

Hanukkah (alternately spelled Chanukah), meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, commemorates 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 “re dedication” of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Modern celebrations of Hanukkah focus on family and friends and include the lighting of the Hanukkah 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).

Hanukkah Daven & Dine In Celebration

December 20, 2019
6:00 PM
We invite you to light up your night with Temple Adas Shalom at our annual Hanukkah event.  As with every year there will be dreidel games, menorahs, there will be latkes, and there will be sufganiyot. Something new for this year will be that we are having a Daven & Dine In event with Rabbi John Franken.

The service and dinner are free and we ask if you want to make a monetary donation, we would be ever so grateful.  You can RSVP by clicking on the flyer. Dinner will be a potluck, we have some items available to select on our Signup Genius. We assure you it will be an evening of joy for the whole family.