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 such as latkes and sufganiyot are eaten and special songs and games are also part of the celebration.

At CBI, we celebrate Chanukah in a variety of ways. Here are just a few of the ways we will celebrate in 5779:

This year, the first night of Chanukah will be on Sunday, December 2.

Chanukah candles will be lit at the Weekday Meditation Service on Wednesday, December 5, the fourth night at 5:45pm.

The sixth night of Chanukah will be Friday, December 7. 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 the oneg for some more Chanukah fun after services!


CBI’s Brotherhood will host its annual Chanukah Latke Dinner Sunday, December 9 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.) Remember to bring your Chanukah menorah and dreidels!