Hanukkah (alternately spelled Chanukah), meaning "dedication" in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "rededication" of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the chanukiyah, a special menorah for Hanukkah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot(jelly donuts); and special songs and games.
At Bet Aviv
We encourage our members to bring their grandchildren to our Hanukkah celebration.
At Bet Aviv, we celebrate Hanukkah with a delicious sit down traditional holiday dinner. The dinner is jointly sponsored by our Sisterhood and Men's Club. The Sisterhood serves the delicious food and decorates the sanctuary, while the Men's Club prepares and fries hundreds of golden latkes for more than 150 people. Congregants are encouraged to bring their personal menorahs and we also light our congregational chanukiyah. A highlight of the Shabbat service that follows the dinner is the musical presentation of Hanukkah and traditional melodies by the Bet Aviv choir.