Celebrate Chanukah

In 2018, the first night of Chanukah is Sunday, December 2. Our site will help you and yours celebrate Chanukah. Email any ideas you have for celebrating, great videos or songs you like and we’ll share them here! (email us)

Check out all that is going on here at TRS at our Chanukah Happenings page.

Chanukah Bulletin Insert 2017 (includes blessings, readings for each night, lyrics to songs, etc)

Follow Me on Pinterest TRS Pinterest Chanukah Board: we’ve got tons of recipes, craft and decoration ideas and more (you don’t have to be signed on with Pinterest to check it out)!

Shop for Chanukah

Women of TRS offers two options to find the perfect holiday gifts: The Chanukah Bazaar and Judy’s Place.

Treasures Chanukah Bazaar

Everything you need for the “Festival of Lights!”

Open now, special hours.

More info

Judy’s Place–Where Children Shop for Holiday Gifts

Open now, special hours.

More info

Lighting the Candles

Blessings (including audio)

Learning About the Holiday

Union for Reform Judaism Chanukah 101

My Jewish Learning Chanukah 101

The Story of Chanukah

What is the story behind Chanukah gelt?

For Families

TRS Chanukah Parent Packet (great for classroom presentations!)

“A Kid-Friendly Version of the Hanukkah Story” by Rabbi Sara Y. Sapadin

Union for Reform Judaism Learn About Chanukah Traditions with Shalom Sesame (and more)

Union for Reform Judaism Activities for Toddlers and Twos

The Hanukkah Shaboom! Special – A Shaboom! Discussion and Activity Guide for 4-7 Year Olds and Their Parents

“Eight Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah with Teens” by Rabbi Elizabeth Zeller

NFTY Teen Hanukkah website

Ideas for celebrating

“8 Social Justice Gifts to Make the World a Better Place This Hanukkah” by Liz Mitlak

“A Song for Each Night” by Lauren Phillips (with links to music)

“Eight Experiential Hanukkah Gifts to Teach Kids about Jewish Values” by Annette Powers

Playing Dreidel

1 dreidel per group of players
A bunch of small items to act as counters; raisins, pretzel sticks, M&M’s, chocolate
coins, beans, bingo chips, etc.

Game Play:
• Divide the counters equally among the players.
• Every player contributes one counter into a central pile. This becomes the “pot.”
• Players spin the dreidle in turn and contribute or collect items from the pot based upon which letter faces up when the dreidle stops its spin.




The player who gains the most items wins.

Dreidle Facts:

  • The letters on the dreidle stand for the Hebrew phrase “Nes Gadol Haya Sham”  – “A Great Miracle Happened There”
  • Dreidles in Israel have a different 4th letter (Pey) to stand for “Nes Gadol Haya Po” – “A Great Miracle Happened Here”
  • The dreidle originated in Eastern Europe.  The word “drey” means “spin” in Yiddish.
  • The Hebrew word for dreidle is “s’vivon”.
  • There is a legend that Jewish children used dreidles during the times of the Greeks as a way of hiding the fact that they were doing Jewish study, which was forbidden.

My Jewish Learning Dreidle game


Our library also has some Chanukah books for you! Visit our TRS Library webpage to see the wonderful selection.

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Resources for Interfaith Families

Interfaith Family


Latke Making Video

Easy Sufganiyot (Jelly Donuts) Video

Sweet Potato Latke recipe

Sweet Potato Spiced Sufganiyot (Gluten-free)

Apple Latkes 


Shake It Off – Taylor Swift Parody – Hanukkah Edition

Hanukkah Song Mashup – Dance Spectacular! – Elliot Dvorin & Key Tov Orchestra

Main Line Reform Chanukah video

The Jewish Education Project Ultimate Playlist

The Maccabeats – Burn – Hanukkah

11 Great Modern Chanukah Songs

StandFour – Eight Nights – Hanukkah Mashup

Matisyahu – Happy Hanukkah

The Maccabeats – Shine – Hanukkah 

The Maccabeats – Candlelight – Hanukkah


OySongs has a great selection of downloadable Chanukah music

Other Fun Stuff

Chanukah Quiz