Hannukah Events in Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Chamblee, Doraville, Atlanta, and beyond.
Chanukah, also called Hanukkah is a Jewish Festival of Lights celebrated by Jewish families and the holiday gets started Thursday night at sunset on December 10, 2020. This Jewish holiday lasts for 8 days and nights and it ends on Friday, December 18, 2020 at nightfall.
Chanukah is one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays in the world celebrating religious freedom, rededication to our Jewish values and a joyous festival of lights.
Sparkle Sandy Springs and Drive-Thru Parade. November 8, 2020, through the New Year.
Light Up Brookhaven STREAM
Congregation B'nai Torah - Hanukkah Drive-In STREAM or In-Person
PJ Library - Livestream: Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins November 21- December 15
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The modern home celebration of Chanukah centers around the lighting of the Chanukiyah, a special menorah for Chanukah and oil-based foods like latkes and jelly doughnuts, and the Dreidel (Spinning Top) game.
The holiday commemorates the victory of the Macabees over the Syrian-Greek armies in 165 B.C.E., and the subsequent liberation and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem. Legend tells us that there are eight days because when the Maccabees regained control of the Temple in Jerusalem and wanted to purify and rededicate it, they had a small cruse of oil, which would only last for one day. But miraculously, that small amount lasted for eight days, enough time to acquire new oil.
The Menorah or Chanukiyah is the ultimate display of joy and unity and the holiday of Chanukah is a festival of a historic victory and celebration highlighted by the lighting of the Menorah each night of the holiday. Yet it also contains a universal message for people of all faiths—that ultimately, good will triumph over evil, freedom over oppression, and light over darkness.
To commemorate the miracle of Chanukah, a nightly menorah lighting occurs each night where a single flame on the first night, two on the second evening, and so on until the eighth night, when all eight lights are kindled.
There are also several traditions around the holiday that help make it a fun holiday for kids and families. Here are some crafts where you can make your own Chanukiyah!
- There is one candle for each night of Chanukah plus the Shamash, or “helper,” candle that is used to light all the others.
- All eight of the Chanukah lights should be the same height; one candle the Shamash is usually placed higher or lower on the Chanukiyah, to differentiate it from the actual other nights lights.
- The entire family can share one Chanukiyah, or each person can light his or her own.
- The candles are placed in the Chanukiyah each night from the right side to the left (the same way Hebrew is read) but they are lit each night from left to right (the newest candle is lit first).
- There are three blessings said on the first night of Chanukah, and then two each subsequent night.
Oil played a significant role in the Chanukah story and so it is a Jewish tradition to eat foods that are fried in oil. Among the most popular Chanukah dishes are Potato Latkes (pancakes) and Sufganiyot (deep-fried jelly-filled doughnuts).
Gelt is one of the traditions is to give kids Chanukah gelt (Yiddish for "money"). It is often distributed to children to add to the holiday excitement. The amount is usually in small coins, although grandparents or relatives may give larger sums. That is why you will see chocolate coin bags in your local supermarket and why some parents give this to their kids every night during Chanukah.
This tradition of giving Chanukah gelt dates back to a long-standing East European custom of children presenting their teachers with a small sum of money at this time of year as a token of gratitude.
At Chanukah time, one of the traditions is to play the game of Dreidel (click here to make a Milk Carton Dreidel) with the family.
The Dreidel has a Hebrew letter on each of its four sides. The nun, gimmel, hay and shin stand for the saying, "Nes Gadol Haya Sham," which translates to "a great miracle occurred there." "There" referring to Israel, and "the great miracle" referring to the miracle of Chanukah, of course.
You need a Dreidel (click here to make a Milk Carton Dreidel) and some sort of pile of items such as pennies, beans, tokens, jelly beans. Each player puts one item from his pile of tokens into the center, making a pile called the ‘pot’.
The first player spins the dreidel; the letter that comes up determines what to do:
SYMBOLS ON THE DREIDEL & WHAT THEY MEAN
- נ (NUN) is facing up, the player does NOTHING.
- ג (GIMMEL) is facing up, the player gets EVERYTHING in the pot.
- ה (HAY) is facing up, the player gets HALF of the pieces in the pot. (If there are an odd number of pieces in the pot, the player takes the half the pot rounded up to the nearest whole number)
- ש (SHIN) or פ (PEI) is facing up, the player ADDS a game piece to the pot (often accompanied with the chant "Shin, Shin, put one in). In some game versions a Shin results in adding three game pieces to the pot (one for each stem of the Shin).
- Then the next player goes and follows the Dreidel in relation to the pot and so on. If the player is out of pieces, they are either "out" or may ask another player for a "loan" No need to count the tokens to ‘find the winner’; whoever played is a winner.
A Spin on Dreidel: Printable Chanukah Game from That Jewish Moment. (Small Fee)
A Spin on Dreidel. (Get it?) Players use acting, rhyming, and prop-grabbing to get their teams to correctly guess the word or phrase on a card. The first team to fill their menorah wins! This is a great offline activity for families, friends, and classrooms.
The Chanu-Candle Hunt: A Virtual Experience from That Jewish Moment. (Small Fee)
It's an original virtual challenge, where players have to solve challenging and fun puzzles to find the 8 hidden candles and discover the secret code. Wacky characters give clues along the way. It's the perfect Chanukah activity for individuals, friends, families, and classrooms, and it can be a great addition to your virtual Chanukah party or event.
Chanukah Packet- Activities and Puzzles from That Jewish Moment
WHY DO WE CELEBRATE HANUKKAH
All the Hanukkah Episodes to Stream on Disney+ from Kveller (the article is from 2019)
For more information about the holiday visit Chabad.
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