This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16.
According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Temple Sholom in Broomall will kindle the candle on Saturday night, Dec. 8, and on Sunday night, Dec. 16. Temple Sholom will host a Hanukkah candle lighting webcast every day starting on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. through Dec. 15. A Tot Shabbat service will take place at 6 p.m. followed by a potluck Hannukkah dinner on Friday, Dec. 14, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A family Shabbat evening service will also take place on Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary.
Congregation Beth El - Ner Tamid in Broomall will host an Aleph Consecration & Hanukkah Dance on Friday, Dec. 7, at 6:15 p.m. A Shabbat morning service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9:30 a.m. The Men's Club will hold a Latka Party on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3:30 p.m. Friday evening service will be held on Dec. 14 at 6:15 p.m. as usual. Lucky 7 #3, Jr. Congregation & Tot Shabbt will be held on Saturday, Dec. 15, at 3:30 p.m.
Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born.
Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting one candle on the menorah each of the eight nights, playing dreidel and eating special holiday foods such as potato latkes and babka.
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