Chanukah

At Congregation Etz Hayim, a month of Chanukah celebrations

Congregation Etz Hayim had a big calendar of activities during the month of December. “We really fill the days with Chanukah celebrations that make kids...

The shamash is the hidden light within us

By Rabbi Corey Helfand This week’s Torah portion is Miketz, Genesis 41:1 - 44:17. I have always found it interesting that we light the Chanukah candles...

First night lights

  The first light of Chanukah appeared atop the National Menorah near the White House on Sunday evening. Lighting the National Menorah, a tradition in...

MoCo menorah lighting takes place in shadow of hate acts

"We are welcome. We are part of this community,” Montgomery County Council Vice President Andrew Friedson declared to the hundreds of people gathered at...

Public menorah-lightings withstand controversy, antisemitism, pandemic

The crowd for this year’s National Menorah lighting in Washington, D.C., is expected to exceed 4,000 guests. That’s the estimate of Rabbi Levi Shemtov,...

Slicing lox with Sam Lerner

Sam Lerner could make a good case that the deli is like a synagogue, a house of gathering for Jews. If so, he’s the...

Sufganyot : Fried, filled donuts for Chanukah

By Jessica Grann Many of us live in places without a good bakery to buy donuts for Chanukah. It’s very satisfying to make them for...

At Temple Rodef Shalom, a big, happy social project

More than 700 area kids shopped for holiday gifts for their loved ones by the time doors closed on Sunday, raising thousands for charity....

Beth El in Bethesda reconsiders latkes vs. hamantashen

Chanukah is a big deal at Congregation Beth El in Bethesda. Between now and the end of the month, congregants will gather to debate —...

No two Chanukahs are alike for college students

As finals encroach on the University of Maryland community in the coming weeks, so does Chanukah. Students and staff at U-Md. are preparing for...