Celebrate Chanukah at Beth Am
Chanukah, which means “dedication,” is the festival that commemorates the purification and rededication of the Temple following the defilement caused by the Greeks during their occupation of that holy place. Today, the holiday reminds Jews to rededicate themselves to stand against forces that would destroy Judaism and to keep alive the flame of Jewish religion, culture and peoplehood so that it may be passed on to the next generation.
BETH AM CHANUKAH SCHEDULE
Sunday, December 2: 1st Night
- 3:00 PM: BATY & BAJY Love You A Latke (teen event)
- 3:30 PM: Jewish Baby Network Family Chanukah Celebration (offsite)
- 4:45 PM: Congregational Chanukiyah Lighting -- Lighting of the 1st Candle
Tuesday, December 4: 3rd Night
- 6:15 PM: Congregational Chanukiyah Lighting -- Lighting of the 3rd Candle
Wednesday, December 5: 4th Night
- 5:50 PM: Congregational Chanukiyah Lighting -- Lighting of the 4th Candle
Thursday, December 6: 5th Night
- 6:30-7:30 PM: Chanukah at Stanford Shopping Center with a musical performance by Noa Levy and her band and candle lighting ceremony led by Rabbi Heath Watenmaker.
- 7:15 PM: Congregational Chanukiyah Lighting -- Lighting of the 5th Candle
Friday, December 7: 6th Night
- 10:30-11:30 AM: Rabbi Heath Watenmaker wll be reading some Chanukah books and singing Chanukah songs at Linden Tree Books in Downtown Los Altos. Join him for a fun morning!
- 5:45 PM: Shabbat Childcare and Dinner Available for Kids
- 6:15 PM: Chanukah Shabbat Service -- Bring your own chanukiyah to light during the service!
- 7:30 PM: Shabbat Chanukah Dinner -- Sign up required. (sponsored by Beth Am Women)
Saturday, December 8: 7th Night
- 7:00 PM: Congregational Chanukiyah Lighting -- Lighting of the 7th Candle
- The URJ website is chock full of Chanukah resources, with helpful how-to videos, guides to celebrating, tasty recipes and more. Check them out!
- Download the Chanukah blessings for candle lighting and songs, including Mi Y’maleil and Ma'oz Tzur.
- Download a printable guide for families with young children (brought to you by Jewish LearningWorks). (Including a link to this fun video brought to you by BimBam!)
- Purchase Chanukah candles, cards and/or chocolate gelt and support a refugee school in Lesbos! All three are available for purchase this week in the Beth Am Education Office. Learn more.
- Consider doing your Chanukah shopping through one of our merchant partners. Beth Am will receive a percentage of your purchase! Included are:
- ModernTribe: Use the code "POSTCARD" at checkout to save 10% of your first purchase.
- Amazon: Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Congregation Beth Am.
- Kepler's Books: A portion of your purchase back to Beth Am each time you shop – as long as you enter Kepler's site through the Beth Am website.
- Need alternative gift ideas? Don't miss the Reform Judaism article Eight Experiential Hanukkah Gifts to Teach Kids about Jewish Values.