The first night of Chanukah is Saturday, December 24, 2016. We hope this site will help you and yours celebrate Chanukah; it will be updated frequently so check back often! Also, pass along your ideas and we’ll share them here!
TRS Chanukah Connection Insert (includes blessings, readings for each night, lyrics to songs, etc)
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)!
Women of TRS Chanukah Bazaar and Judy’s Place: Where Children Shop for Holiday Gifts
Lighting the Candles
Union for Reform Judaism Virtual Menorah
Blessings (including audio)
Learning about the holiday
Union for Reform Judaism Chanukah 101
My Jewish Learning Chanukah 101
The Story of Chanukah
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.
• 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.
- 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
TRS Chanukah Parent Packet (great for classroom presentations!)
Union for Reform Judaism Learn About Chanukah Traditions with Shalom Sesame (and more)
Union for Reform Judaism Activities for Toddlers and Twos
NFTY Teen Resources
Our new librarian Susan Kusel ordered some new Chanukah books for you to check out:
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Hanukkah
Elmo’s Little Dreidel by Naomi Kleinberg
Happy Hanukkah, Curious George by Margret and H.A. Rey
Daddy Christmas and Hanukkah Mama by Selina Alko
Eight Winter Nights: A Family Hanukkah Book by Laura Krauss Melmed
The Count’s Hanukkah Countdown by Tilda Balsley
How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Chanukah? by Jane Yolen
Maccabee Meals: Food and Fun for Hanukkah by Judye Groner and Madeline Winkler
How to Spell Chanukah and Other Holiday Dilemmas: 18 Writers Celebrate 8 Nights of Lights edited by Emily Franklin
A Kosher Christmas: ‘Tis the Season to be Jewish by Rabbi Joshua Plaut
Resources for Interfaith Families
Latke Making Video
Sweet Potato Latke recipe
Sweet Potato Spiced Sufganiyot (Gluten-free)
A Christmas Song Parody – Chanukah Edition – TRS Member Gary Rimar (lyrics here)
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
List of Chanukah Apps (note: we have not checked out all of these)