Begins Saturday, December 24, 2017 at sundown | Ends Sunday, January 1, 2017 at sundown

Hanukkah (alternately spelled Chanukah), meaning "dedication" in Hebrew, refers to the joyous 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 hanukkiyah, a special menorah for Hanukkah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts); and special songs and games.

Hanukkah 101
What does Hanukkah mean? How do you light a menorah? Get answers to your questions and find delicious recipes for celebrating.

Learn the Blessings for each Night of Hanukkah
Learn the Hanukkah blessings for each night. Find printable blessing and listen to audio versions here!

Video: Learn how to make latkes
Tina Wasserman, author of the acclaimed Jewish cookbook "Entree to Judaism", demonstrates how to make potato latkes.

Light our Virtual Menorah with your Family!
Choose a night of Hanukkah to view the blessings. Then close the blessing and light the candles.

Celebrate With Hanukkah Songs!
Sample these great songs from Temple Emanu-El in New York City.

I’m excited that it’s Hanukkah! But how do I balance my own celebration when Christmas spirit affects so many other people?
An iTorah, written by Ray Valez, past president of NFTY Missouri Valley.

Latkes are yummy and presents are fun, but are there ways I can make Hanukkah more meaningful?
An iTorah, written by Jill Cogan, past Religious and Cultural Vice President of NFTY-PAR.

Ner Shel Tzedakah
Ner Shel Tzedakah (“candle of righteousness”) is a project in which families and individuals devote the 6th night of Hanukkah to learning about the problem of poverty.

Religious Action Center Holiday Gift Guide
Nine ways to share social justice with everyone on your gift-giving list.

Sustaining the Light
A Social Justice Program Guide for Hanukkah.

Celebrate with the Virtual Dreidel
Ante up and play the virtual dreidel game.

Hanukkah Recipes
Try these Hanukkah recipes for chocolate truffle gelt, potato galette and herbed risotto pancakes.

Hanukkah Today: The New Holiday Songbook and CD
Give the perfect gift! This new set features songs from your favorite camp artists.

Learn more about Hanukkah

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