Learn About & Celebrate 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, December 18.
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 enjoy the holiday fun, check out the videos, family-friendly activities and books, and delicious recipes below!
Learn About the Holiday
Eight Days of Hanukkah | Peg + Cat
Grades PreK-K Albert Einstein has invited Peg, Cat and their friends to celebrate Hanukkah! Learn more about this special winter holiday with a sing-a-long.
Grades PreK-2 In this short from Xavier Riddle and the Secret Museum, Yadina and Xavier ask Brad about his Hanukkah traditions even when they are nervous about not knowing. With a little help from Berby, we revisit Frederick Douglass who shows us that wanting to learn more about something or someone is what curiosity is all about!
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.
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