Chanukah

Celebrate the Festival of Lights all eight nights of Chanukah with your MLRT Family!

Celebrate the Festival of Lights with MLRT!

November 28 – December 6

First Candle – Sunday, November 28

Chanukah (alternately spelled Hanukkah), meaning “dedication” in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and “rededication” of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Chanukah centers around the lighting of the chanukiyah, a special menorah for Chanukah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts); and special songs and games.

Celebrate Chanukah with MLRT!

Join us for a Festival of Lights! Connect with your MLRT family to light the chanukiah and have some Chanukah fun together every night!

πŸ”₯ Sunday, November 28 at 3:00 pm – Sunday Sufganiyot! Come one, come all for Covid-safe donut decorating with Amy Krulik & Rabbi Kleinman. It’s a sweet way to start Chanukah! (in person only)

πŸ”₯ Monday, November 29 at 7:00 pm – Music Monday! Join us at MLRT or virtually for a live evening of music with two members from the Jerusalem Music Conservatory who are visiting from Israel. These virtuosic teenagers will perform a diverse voice and piano program, including some holiday favorites, beloved Yiddish pieces, and a few arias for voice and piano. Join the Livestream here.

πŸ”₯ Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00 pm- Tzedakah Tuesday! Let’s count three nights of Chanukah and all our blessings, and drop off donations of boys clothing (especially sizes 0-8) for the Mitzvah Circle Foundation.
Join us in person at MLRT or via Zoom

πŸ”₯ Wednesday, December 1
Winning Wednesday! at 7:00 pm Don’t miss this epic dreidel contest on Zoom with brackets, prizes & lots of fun! (Zoom only)
Holiday Bible Study! at 7:00 pm Learn from Rabbi Straus and Reverends Ford & Cavaness about Chanukah & Christmas: the role of bringing light into our world in both of our traditions on Google Meets.Β 

πŸ”₯ Thursday, December 2
Candle Lighting at the Kotel at 12:30 pm
The Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism invites you to join a live Chanukah candle lighting event at the Egalitarian Kotel. Registration required; click here.
Thursday Tunes! at 7:00 pm Sing some old family favorites and maybe learn a new Chanukah song to celebrate with Cantor Rudnick, Ross M. Levy, and Andy Heller via Livestream.

πŸ”₯ Friday, December 3- Shabbat Chanukah, Family Service with Rabbi Kleinman, Consecration at 6:30 pm Each year we honor our first-grade students and their families through a special ceremony called Consecration. Please join us for a Shabbat Chanukah Service that will include Consecration and a new student blessing in person at MLRT or via YouTube, Livestream, or Facebook Live

πŸ”₯ Saturday, December 4 at 5:00 pm – Story time! Join our ECE Director, Mihaela Schwartz, for a heartwarming Chanukah story, a few songs, and a whole lot of smiles! Havdalah with Cantor Rudnick will follow this program via the same Zoom link.

πŸ”₯ Sunday, December 5 at 5:00 pm – S’mores Sunday! Gather outside at MLRT to make your own s’mores and celebrate the last night of Chanukah. It’s a sweet way to end Chanukah. (in person only)

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