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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 Menorah Lighting Schedule

December 10-17, 2020

We invite you to light up your nights with Temple Adas Shalom at our annual Hanukkah Menorah lighting. The schedule and times for the lightings are below.

Thursday, December 10th
5:00-5:30 pm
Rabbi Franken & Rabbi Kushi
Join the Rabbi and Kushi at Shamrock Park in Bel Air, MD in person for for a joint lighting in the park or you can elect to Zoom in if you would prefer to enjoy the event in the comforts of your home. 

Friday, December 11th
6:45-7:00 pm
Naomi Walton & ASTY will light the outside menorah on Zoom and a Shabbat Torah Live! Service will follow.

Saturday, December 12th
6:45-7:00 pm
Linda Needel, Stu Needel, and Melissa Immel will light the outside menorah on Zoom.

Sunday, December 13th
6:45-7:00 pm
Pat Wolkow, Mark Wolkow, Ann Cogan, and Grade 7 will light the outside menorah on Zoom.

Monday, December 14
6:45-7:00 pm
The Folus family will light the outside menorah on Zoom.

Tuesday, December 15th
 6:45-7:00 pm
The Baker family will light the outside menorah on Zoom.

Wednesday, December 16th
6:45-7:00 pm
The Mullis family will light the outside menorah on Zoom.

Thursday, December 17th
6:45-7:00 pm
Stephen Marksamer will light the outside menorah on Zoom.