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2016 HanukkahHanukkah (meaning "dedication" in Hebrew) refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "re-dedication" of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the chanukiah (special menorah for Hanukkah), eating unique foods such as latkes and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), and singing special songs and playing games.

Each year Temple Beth Am commemorates this eight-day holiday with a congregation-wide party and a variety of activities for everyone in the family, including performances around Seattle by our own KlezKidz.


Upcoming Events:

Festive Hanukkah Oneg and Shabbat Services
Friday, December 15, 5:00 PM before 6:15 PM Shabbat Services
Temple Beth Am
Celebrate the Festival of Lights with our TBA community at a festive oneg from 5:00 – 6:00 PM with latkes, doughnuts, and live music. Community candle-lighting at 6:00 PM with more music from the KlezKidz

YFBA Donuts & Dreidels: Hanukkah Breakfast Schmooze
Sunday, December 17, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
TBA Social Hall
Join us for a fun morning of donuts and dreidels to celebrate Hanukkah! We’ll have holiday arts and crafts and a sing-a-long with Shoshana Stombaugh. Our program is geared for the 6 and younger crowd, but older siblings are always welcome. Everyone is encouraged to wear their ugliest winter sweater or stay in your pajamas (Hanukkah theme a plus). Event is free and open to all, but please RSVP to Director of Community Engagement Alexis Kort, so we know how many adults and children will be attending.

Sisters of Beth Am “Bringing Light to Darkness”
Tuesday, December 19, 7:00 – 9:00 PM 
TBA Social Hall
Celebrate the last night of Hanukkah with your friends and the Sisters of Beth Am. Enjoy dessert, social time, group menorah lighting, and sharing ways that we bring light in the darkness. We’ll also have music!  We’re calling out to our female TBA members with musical interest and talent, who play instruments or sing to come and share their music. Please contact Rebecca Fox if you would like to share some music for our Hanukkah event. Remember your menorah! Please bring a cash donation or warm gloves or socks for homeless individuals.

Hanukkah Songs to Sing with Family and Friends

Sound files and sheet music for many of these songs and more can be found here.

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For more information about Hanukkah, including history, customs and rituals, family activities, and recipes, go to ReformJudaism.org.