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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 [1])

Check out all that is going on here at TRS at our Chanukah Happenings page [2].

Chanukah Bulletin Insert 2017 [3] (includes blessings, readings for each night, lyrics to songs, etc)

Follow Me on Pinterest [4] TRS Pinterest Chanukah Board: [5] 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 [6]

Judy’s Place–Where Children Shop for Holiday Gifts

Open now, special hours.

More info [7]

Lighting the Candles

Blessings (including audio) [8]

Learning About the Holiday

Union for Reform Judaism Chanukah 101 [9]

My Jewish Learning Chanukah 101 [10]

The Story of Chanukah [11]

What is the story behind Chanukah gelt? [12]

For Families

TRS Chanukah Parent Packet [13] (great for classroom presentations!)

“A Kid-Friendly Version of the Hanukkah Story” [14]by Rabbi Sara Y. Sapadin

Union for Reform Judaism Learn About Chanukah Traditions with Shalom Sesame [15] (and more)

Union for Reform Judaism Activities for Toddlers and Twos [16]

The Hanukkah Shaboom! Special [17] – A Shaboom! Discussion and Activity Guide for 4-7 Year Olds and Their Parents

“Eight Ways to Celebrate Hanukkah with Teens” [18] by Rabbi Elizabeth Zeller

NFTY Teen Hanukkah [19] website

Ideas for celebrating

“8 Social Justice Gifts to Make the World a Better Place This Hanukkah” [20] by Liz Mitlak

“A Song for Each Night” [21] by Lauren Phillips (with links to music)

“Eight Experiential Hanukkah Gifts to Teach Kids about Jewish Values” [22] 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:

My Jewish Learning [23] Dreidle game


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

Visit here [24]

Resources for Interfaith Families

Interfaith Family [25]


Latke Making Video [26]

Easy Sufganiyot (Jelly Donuts) Video [27]

Sweet Potato Latke recipe [28]

Sweet Potato Spiced Sufganiyot (Gluten-free) [29]

Apple Latkes [30]  [29]


Shake It Off – Taylor Swift Parody – Hanukkah Edition [31]

Hanukkah Song Mashup – Dance Spectacular! – Elliot Dvorin & Key Tov Orchestra [32]

Main Line Reform Chanukah video [33]

The Jewish Education Project Ultimate Playlist [34]

The Maccabeats – Burn – Hanukkah [35]

11 Great Modern Chanukah Songs [36]

StandFour – Eight Nights – Hanukkah Mashup [37]

Matisyahu – Happy Hanukkah [38]

The Maccabeats – Shine – Hanukkah  [39]

The Maccabeats – Candlelight – Hanukkah [40]


OySongs [41] has a great selection of downloadable Chanukah music

Other Fun Stuff

Chanukah Quiz [42]