The Basic Story

Nearly 2,200 years ago, there was a Greek-Syrian ruler named Antiochus IV who tried to force Greek culture upon peoples in his territory. Jews in Judea—now Israel—were forbidden their most important religious practices as well as study of the Torah. Although vastly outnumbered, religious Jews in the region took up arms to protect their community and their religion. Led by Mattathias the Hasmonean, and later his son Judah the Maccabee, the rebel armies became known as the Maccabees.

After three years of fighting, in the year 3597, or about 165 BCE, the Maccabees victoriously reclaimed the temple on Jerusalem's Mount Moriah. Next they prepared the temple for rededication—in Hebrew, Chanukah means “dedication.” In the temple they found only enough purified oil to kindle the temple light for a single day. But miraculously, the light continued to burn for eight days.

The Blessings

Songs of Chanukah!

Ma'oz Tzur
Words by Mordechai
13th century poet

Ma-oz tsur y’shu-ati,|
l’cha na-eh l’shabei-ach
Ti-kon beit t’filati
v’sham toda n’zabeiach
L’eit tachin mat-beiach
mi’tzar ham’na-bei-ach
Az egmor b’shir mizmor
Chanukat ha-miz-beiach (2x)

Rock of ages, let our song
praise your saving power.
You amidst the raging foes
were our shelt’ring tower.
Furious they assailed us, but
your arm availed us.
And your word broke their sword
when our own strength failed us (2x)

Ocho Kandelikas
Ladino - by Flory Jagoda

1/ Chanukah linda sta aki,
ocho kandelas para mi (2x)

O ---
una kandelika,
dos kandelikas,
tres kandelikas,
kuatro kandelikas
sintyu kandelikas,
sej kandelikas,
siete kandelikas,
ocho kandelas para mi!

2/ Muchas fiestas vo fazer,
kon alegriyas y plazer (2x)


3/ Los pastelikos vo kumer,
kon almendrikas y la myel (2x)


O Chanukah O Chanukah

O Chanukah O 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
Dreydels 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
One for each night,
they shed a sweet light
to remind us of days long ago

Words: L. Kipnes

S’vivon, sov sov sov!
Chanukah hu chag tov.
Chanukah hu chag tov.
S’vivon sov sov sov!

Chag simcha hu la-am,
Nes, Gadol, Haya, Sham
Nes, Gadol, Haya, Sham,
Chag simcha hu la-am

Thursday, December 10 - First Night,
Light the Shamash plus One Candle

Join Michael Sigman and Stacey F.
for Our Gift Shop Sale
with Chanukah Specials - 6:00pm

Thank You for Attending

Friday, December 11 - Second Night,
Light the Shamash plus Two Candles

New Member Mingle at 7:15pm;
2nd Friday Shabbat at 8:00pm

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Saturday, December 12 - Third Night,
Light the Shamash plus Three Candles

Celebrate Chanukah and Havdalah
with Rabbi Michael and the Siegel JCC

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Sunday, December 13 - Fourth Night,
Light the Shamash plus Four Candles

Secret Sisters
Chanukah Gathering

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Monday, December 14 - Fifth Night,
Light the Shamash plus Five Candles

Sufganiyot and Sweet Treats
with Hershey Schloss
Sharing the sweetness of
Chanukah with members of the
JCC Senior Center,
Clients of JFS, and
Residents of Kutz and Lodge Lane

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Tuesday, December 15 - Sixth Night,
Light the Shamash plus Six Candles

Sharon Rosengarten along with
the Hebrew school, will lead us
in the Chanukah prayers
followed by a sing-along with
Shari and Seth Walter.

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Wednesday, December 16 - Seventh Night,
Light the Shamash plus Seven Candles

BBYO with Chapter Presidents
Lauren Berkowitz (BBG) and
Jack Berkowitz (AZA)
and Jewpardy

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Thursday, December 17 - Eighth Night,
Light the Shamash plus Eight Candles

Tikkun Olam with
the Glazier Family and
Stacey F.

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Image of Spinning Dreidel

Derech's Light into Darkness Chanukah Program

Tuesday, December 15, 2020
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Featuring New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer,
the work of Friendship House, and Candlelighting.
The theme is working together to meet the real
challenges of our larger community. After registering,
you will receive a confirmation email with link and
instructions for joining program.

click here to register online

Virtual Menorah