Celebrate Chanukah: A Wondrous Light!

Lasting 8 days, Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, is a holiday that reminds us that bringing light into the world is in our hands. Growing that light, making it more illuminating, is also up to us. And, when we join in community to light the dark, we create a wondrous light that reminds us all of the value of persistence, courage, hope, and the freedom to express our beliefs, our faith, without fear.

Join us for one, or all, of our many Chanukah programs – designed for adults and kids – starting on Thursday, December 10!

Featured Event – Saturday, December 12

Family Friendly Drive-In Chanukah Singalong and Havdalah, 3:30 – 4:30 PM or 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Pile the family into the car and head on over to the east parking lot of Wolf Trap National Park for a drive-in candle lighting and Chanukah Singalong! Sign up for one of two sessions. Mama’s Donut Bites will be back but, this time, with jelly dipping sauce – a deconstructed sufganiyah! Register Here 

Chanukah is a time when many of us exchange gifts with family and friends. But, for many of our neighbors, gifts are an unimaginable extravagance. Many of our neighbors are struggling — especially now during the pandemic — to put food on their family tables. As we gather for our Chanukah Singalong this year, let’s do what we can to ease that struggle.

One of the food items that SHARE’s pantry needs most desperately is cooking oil. What could be more fitting for Chanukah? Please consider donating a 24-48 oz bottle of vegetable oil. A truck from SHARE will be at Wolf Trap for the duration of our Singalong.

Thursday, December 10

Kids Winter Craft Project, 4:00 – 4:45 PM, Kids Only!

So many of our families celebrate multiple winter holidays. Join us for winter crafts, with ECC teacher Addie Lloyd, that can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season! Pre-register for $5 before December 8 and you can pick up a supply kit in advance, or register for free afterwards and gather our provided supply list on your own. Register Here

Navigating the December Dilemma, 8:00 – 9:00 PM

Many of our families have beloved members whose holiday traditions come from many backgrounds. For these families, December can be a complicated month. Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein will lead a discussion about navigating the winter holidays with respect, kindness, and laughter. Register Here

Julie Silver in Concert, 8:00 – 9:00 PM

The Temple’s Music and Performing Arts Committee has partnered with the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life in celebrating Chanukah with Julie Silver, one of the most celebrated performers of Jewish music in the United States. We will join congregations across America and enjoy an evening of festive music. Register Here

Friday, December 11

Chanukah Games for K-6 with Dara Holop, 5:00 – 5:45 PM, Kids Only!

Right before we light our candles for the second night of Chanukah, let’s play! Are you ready to get your game face on? Register Here

Chanukah Shabbat Service, 6:30 PM

Tune in for a joyous and musical service in celebration of our Festival of Lights! Watch on our streaming site (https://www.templerodefshalom.org/live/) any time after 6:30 PM; it will also be archived for later viewing.

Sunday, December 13

Kids in the Kitchen with Sharon Sotsky Remirez, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Kids Only!

Chef Sharon returns for a Chanukah snack-making extravaganza! Just for kids who are foodies, this session will teach you how to make Chanukah treats & crafts! Pre-register for $5 before December 10 and you can pick up a supply kit in advance, or register for free afterwards and gather our provided supply list on your own. Register Here

Chanukah Baking with Lauren Katz, 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Lauren Katz returns to teach you how to make sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and apple fritters! Lauren, winner of ABC’s “The Great Holiday Baking Show,” is the Executive Chef at The Difference Baker in Ashburn. Grab your apron and get some expert advice on making these favorites. Register Here

Monday, December 14

CampTRS Drama Program: The Story of Chanukah – A Zoom Drama, 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Kids Only!

Drama Specialist, Jacqui, and Emma Davidson, our Camp Director, return to make the story of Chanukah come to life! This interactive Chanukah play is sure to let our youngest stars shine! Register Here

The History of Chanukah, 8:00 – 9:00 PM

The story of Chanukah, as told through the years, has all the makings of a cinematic blockbuster: an underdog facing formidable odds, a battle for religious freedom, a great miracle unfolding in the steady flame of a menorah. But, what is the history of the holiday itself? Learn more about the authentic story of Chanukah with Rabbi Jeff Saxe! Register Here

Wednesday, December 16

Little Lights Yoga & Meditation, 4:00 – 4:45 PM, Kids Only!

Inviting all of our youngest yogis to honor the (Chanukah) light within! Join Leah Kocsis, one of our music specialists, and let your light shine. Register Here

Holy Sparks Meditation Learning and Meditation – Light, 7:00 – 8:30 PM

The metaphor of light is found in many Jewish texts – a symbol of creation, God’s presence, and wisdom. What is Divine light? Did God create darkness (and evil)? With Cantor Allen Leider, we will enjoy a guided meditation on the protecting, healing, and empowering qualities of light. Register Here

Thursday, December 17

Talmudic Texts on Chanukah, 8:00 – 9:00 PM

What does the Talmud have to say about Chanukah? How did the schools of Shammai and Hillel differ in their perspectives on the holiday? Join Rabbi Amy Schwartzman for a discussion about Chanukah through the words of our sages. Register Here 

Chanukah Bedtime Stories

TRS Clergy and our Temple Librarian, Susan Kusel, read some of their favorite Chanukah books!  The recorded stories will be posted to the TRS YouTube channel by the first night of Chanukah. They will then be able to be viewed anytime.