Chanukah, Oh Chanukah

    11.28.23 | Stories, Articles

    Oh Chanukah, Oh, Chanukah, come light the menorah!Oh Chanukah, Oh, Chanukah, come light the menorah!
    Let's have a party; We'll all dance the hora.
    Gather 'round the table, we'll give you a treat, sevivon to play with and latkes to eat.
    And while we are playing, the candles are burning low:
    One for each night, they shed a sweet light to remind us of days long ago.

    It's time to break out the gelt, stretch your dreidel-spinning muscles, and prepare your menorahs because Chanukah is just around the corner. Here at Temple Judea, the anticipation is building as we gear up to celebrate the Festival of Lights together.  Don't worry - we've got a candle-lighting guide on our website, including audio tracks to ensure you're ready. 

    While the official first night of Chanukah is Thursday, December 7, we'll be kicking off this year’s TJ Chanukah celebration early with a Youth & Family celebration "powered by" Camp Sababa on Saturday, December 2. This event is open to all Temple Judea K-7th graders and their friends! But be sure to register if you're planning to attend (even if you're already enrolled in camp)! 

    Then, on Thursday, December 7, TJVillage's Chanukah festivities will get underway with a performance of The Voices of Brookdale at Brookdale Gardens of Tarzana. Seniors should register to come enjoy refreshments and the Chanukah songs we all know and love! Singing along is highly encouraged!

    Feel the double joy of Chanukah and Shabbat on Friday, December 8 with an especially musical service featuring special performances by our talented adult choir! It’s an evening of Shabbat peace, holiday celebration, and sweet melodies of the Chanukah songs you love. 

    And that’s not all! Return the following Shabbat, December 15, for more beloved Chanukah tunes with our CITs (Cantors in Training). Then, for the grand finale, indulge in a Very Israeli Chanukah! With mouthwatering treats like latkes and sufganiyot, a sit-down chicken dinner after the service, sponsored in part by TJ Brotherhood & WTJ, followed by lively Israeli dancing -- it's sure to be a blast! Plus, there's something for everyone -- from writing cards to Israeli soldiers to art projects with kids, and bar trivia for the grown-ups. Early registration is appreciated.

    While waiting for all the fun to start, pre-order a Chanukah Cookie DIY decorating kit! Support the ECC and  be the star of your family's Chanukah party when you show up with this fun activity, including 12 cookies, 4 frostings, and lots of fun sprinkles. Kits are $25 and will be available for pickup on campus on Dec. 8. This is the last week to order by emailing .

    There are so many ways to welcome in the light and the miracle of Chanukah with your TJ community. We can’t wait to share the simcha with you! 

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