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. During the holiday, there is a custom of eating foods fried or baked in oil to commemorate the miracle of a small flask of oil keeping the flame in the Temple alight for eight days.
Chanukah Service & Dinner
Friday, December 30
Candle lighting and Kiddush in the Simon Community Court, 5:30 p.m.
Services, 6 p.m., Dinner immediately following
Join us for a special, family-friendly, interactive Chanukah service, followed by dinner and games for all ages. Bring your dreidels! Bring your favorite family menorah to decorate your holiday table! The cost of the meal is $10 for adults; $5 for children in 2nd - 6th grade; and no charge for kids under 2nd grade. Please RSVP, 402-556-6536 or RSVP@templeisraelomaha.com, by Tuesday, December 27.
We would like to thank Henry Davis of Greater Omaha Packing for helping to sponsor the Chanukah Dinner.
We also need to spread our lights among those in our community by bringing non-food items to donate to the Jewish Family Services Pantry, i.e. laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, deodorant, shaving cream, razors, shampoo, conditioner, feminine hygiene products, tissues, paper towels and dish towels.