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Dec
10
Sun
CHRISTCHURCH, December 10, 2pm: Hanukkah and Traditional Israeli Dance @ TBC
Dec 10 @ 2:00 PM

Hanukkah (sometimes transliterated Chanukkah) is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar.

In Hebrew, the word “hanukkah” means “dedication.” The name reminds us that this holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.

Every community has its unique Hanukkah traditions, but there are some traditions that are almost universally practiced. They are: lighting the hanukkiyah, spinning the dreidel and eating fried foods.

  • Spinning the dreidel: A popular Hanukkah game is spinning the dreidel, which is a four-sided top with Hebrew letters written on each side. Read The Hanukkah Dreidel to learn more about the dreidel, the meaning of the letters and how to play the game. Gelt, which are chocolate coins covered with tin foil, are part of this game.
  • Eating fried foods: Because Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of oil, it is traditional to eat fried foods such as latkes and sufganiyot during the holiday. Latkes are pancakes made out of potatoes and onions, which are fried in oil and then served with applesauce. Sufganiyot (singular: sufganiyah) are jelly-filled donuts that are fried and sometimes dusted with confectioners’ sugar before eating. Learn more about Hanukkah food traditions: Hanukkah Food Traditions | What Is a Latke?

Dance is a time honored way for societies to express themselves in ways that other methods such as prose and poetry cannot.  Dance captures emotions, feeling and even history.

To mark Hanukkah, RockHaShalom are going to give a talk about Israeli traditional dance, give a demonstration of some dances and then anybody can join in the fun of learning some new moves.

Admission is free but a collection will be taken to help defray event expenses.  Please bring a plate of Hanukkah-themed finger food for afternoon tea.  Coffee and tea provided.

Dec
12
Tue
Chanukah (Festival of Dedication a.k.a. Festival of Lights)
Dec 12 @ 9:00 PM – Dec 20 @ 9:00 PM
Dec
17
Sun
AUCKLAND: Hanukkah in the Park 2017 @ Albert Park Rotunda
Dec 17 @ 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM

We were pleased to sponsor Hanukkah in the Park this year…