Celebrate & Learn About Hanukkah – The Festival of Lights!
Hanukkah, the eight-day “festival of lights” celebrated by Jewish people around the world, commemorates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. This year the first night of Hanukkah is on Sunday, November 28.
Over the centuries, Hanukkah has taken on different meanings for those who light their lamps each year, adapting traditions for each time and place. A joyous occasion, underscoring spiritual resiliency and freedom of religion, it is now celebrated with family gatherings and gift giving, traditional foods, prayer and by lighting the menorah – which symbolizes the miraculous 8 days the temple lanterns stayed lit in Jerusalem.
To learn all about Hanukkah, and get in the holiday spirit, check out the videos, fun activities, family-friendly books and delicious recipes below!
Grades 6-12 Hanukkah is a holiday of freedom, recalling the successful Jewish revolt against the Syrians who had conquered and occupied Jerusalem. Listen to the story at the home of Rabbi Bentzion Geisinsky, in Potomac, Maryland.
Grades K-5 Here’s a Hanukkah craft that’s also a Hanukkah game! Spinning tops are a traditional Hanukkah toy, so what better activity to engage the kids this year than with a simple technique for making their own brigade of spinning tops? These tops spin so amazingly well and only use a few materials to make that last forever!
Hanukkah Recipes: Latkes, Brisket, and Jewish Desserts
All Ages Need a new recipe for Hanukkah? How about some latkes? Check out these featured Hanukkah recipes. Whatever you are looking for, PBS Food has delicious recipes for the festival of lights.