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Yom Shabbat, 28 Kislev 5778

Hanukkah (alternately spelled Chanukah), meaning "dedication" in Hebrew, refers to the hanukkahjoyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "rededication" of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the chanukiyah, a special menorah for Hanukkah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts); and special songs and games.

Light a Virtual chanukiyah

When is Hanukkah?

2013 November 27 - December 5
2014 December 16 - 24
2015 December 6 - 14
2016 December 24 - January 1
2017 December 12 - 20

Learn More by choosing one of the following links: History, Customs, Blessings, Glossary