Celebrate Chanukah at a special event for the whole family on Thursday, December 18 from 5-7 pm. Sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara, the event will feature a latke dinner, prize-drawing, crafts, stories and more! Free of charge and open to everyone, RSVP here!
Chanukah, the “Festival of Lights”, is an eight-day celebration marking the Maccabees victory over the Hellenized Syrian armies in 168 BCE and the subsequent reclamation and rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. When the Maccabees sought to light the Temple’s menorah (seven-armed candelabra), they found only enough oil for one night. Miraculously, the oil lasted for eight nights, until new supplies were received.
The festival of Chanukah is viewed as a victory of good over evil, light over dark. Chanukah is now commemorated by lighting a menorah for eight nights, the playing of dreidel (a Hebrew spinning top), the giving of gelt (small gifts of money) to children, and the eating of food fried in oil, such as latkes and sufganyiot (jelly donuts).
Sponsor: Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara