Hanukkah, also spelled Chanukah, is a Jewish holiday sometimes known as the Festival of Lights. It’s an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. This year, Hanukkah is observed from sunset, December 12th to nightfall December 20th.

Hanukkah marks the victory of the Jews over the forces of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, and the rededication of the desecrated Temple in Jerusalem. According to the Talmud, there was only enough consecrated oil to fuel the eternal flame in the Temple for one day, but the lights burned for eight days. The festival is observed by lighting candles of the Menorah, one additional light on each night of the holiday, progressing to eight on the final night.

Celebrating Hanukkah

  • Hanukkah — Local Hanukkah events and holiday activities from JewishBoston
  • Hanukkah: the festival of lights — “Visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for their Hanukkah celebration on December 13th. All events are free
  • 2017 Chanukah Run – a – Latke Family Fun 5K — “Get your spirit healthy in time to celebrate the festival of lights! This scenic 5K on the North Shore will start and finish at the Chabad House (Swampscott). Bring the whole family! There will be Chanukah programming for children while the adults run”

All About Hanukkah

  • Chanukkah — A basic introduction from Judaism 101
  • Chanukah — Celebrate the holiday online with Chabord.org!
  • Chanukah with Torah.org — A collection of readings on different aspects of the holiday, including Questions and Answers from Rabbi Baruch Pesach Mendelson
  • Hanukkah — Information from the History Channel website

Hanukkah for Children

  • Hanukkah — There are crafts and recipes and more at this site from Akhlah, the Jewish Children’s Learning Network
  • Chanukah is here — There’s lots to do at this bright and colorful site from Torah Tots!
  • Hanukat — Ideas and information for celebrating a family Hanukkah
  • Hanukkah — Recipes, menus, crafts and decorations from Martha Stewart
  • Hanukkah –Easy crafts and ideas for children from the DLTK Kids website
  • Hanukkah — A great collection of Hanukkah crafts, games, songs and recipes for young children, from the Ideabox website.

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