This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16.
Beth El's Chanukah Celebration
- 6:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15
- Location: 444 Main St. North, Southbury
- Warm clothes, food and toiletries drive for Hurricane Sandy victims
- Light dairy dinner with latkes
- Musical program by the Beth El youth and adult choir with musicians Alan Falk, Korey Brodsky & David Isaacs
- Chanukah games
- Bring your menorah and candles for a community menorah lighting
- RSVP preferred but not required
- No charge for Beth El members, $10 for non-members and guests, children 12 and younger attend for free
- To RSVP or for more info, call 203-264-4500.
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 like potato latkes and jelly donuts.
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