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.
At GCJC, we celebrate Chanukah with a latkes and ice cream sundae party, plus we all light our menorahs in a group lighting ceremony. The Rabbi reads a Chanukah story in the sanctuary.