Chanukah, 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 Chanukah centers around the lighting of the chanukiah, a special menorah for Chanukah; unique foods, latkes and jelly doughnuts; and special songs and games.

At CBI, we celebrate Chanukah in a variety of ways. Here are just a few of the ways we will celebrate in 5777:

This year, the first night of Chanukah will be on Saturday, December 24.

Chanukah candles will be lit at the Weekday Services, Wednesday, December 28, the fifth night at 5:45pm.

The seventh night of Chanukah will be Friday, December 30. At Shabbat services that evening, we will light not only our Shabbat candles, but also a communal chanukiah. We’ll have dreidels and gelt available at oneg for some more Chanukah fun after services!

CBI’s Brotherhood will host its annual Chanukah Latke Dinner BEFORE Chanukah on Sunday, December 18 at 5:30 pm in Smith Auditorium. Come enjoy some fabulous latkes for a good cause! (Every year, CBI’s Brotherhood raises money to send our youth to Israel.)

We hope you will join in the celebrations!