Hanukkah 2012 in Arlington

Celebrate the Festival of Lights in Arlington with fun events and delicious recipes.

This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16.

According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. 

Temples in the Arlington area are holding their usual schedule of services and special Hanukkah events as well, including:

Temple Shir Tikvah, Winchester

Beth El Temple Center, Belmont

Temple Isaiah, Lexington

Temple Emunah, Lexington 

Temple B’nai Brith of Somerville

  • Children’s School Chanukah Party, Sunday, Dec. 9, 5-6:30 p.m., in Nissenbaum Hall.
  • Friday Night Service and Potluck Dinner, Friday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m., at the temple.
  • Chanukah Tot Shabbat, Saturday, Dec. 15, 10-10:45 a.m., Blumsack Chapel

Temple Beth Shalom of Cambridge

  • Candle lighting, Friday, Dec. 14, 3:54 p.m., at the temple.
  • Chanukah Havdalsh and Game Night, Saturday, Dec. 15, at the temple.

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born.

Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting one candle on the menorah each of the eight nights, playing dreidel and eating special holiday foods such as potato latkes and babka.

TELL US: If you observe Hanukkah, what are your plans?

Tim December 08, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Tim December 08, 2012 at 12:50 PM
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