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Hanukkah Begins This Weekend

Here are some events in Naperville and the surrounding area celebrating the Jewish holiday of lights, which begins Saturday.

Hanukkah Begins This Weekend

Contributors: Jared Morgan and Anthea Raymond

The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah—also called the Festival of Lights—begins this year on Saturday at sundown. It runs for eight days, concluding this year on Sunday night, Dec. 16.

Families celebrate privately by lighting one candle on the menorah each night of the holiday and exchanging gifts each night.

Many public celebrations are happening throughout the community as well:

Congregation Beth Shalom

Candle Lighting: Friday, Dec. 7, 4:02 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.

Family Service: Friday, Dec. 7, 6:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Hanukkah Celebration: Sunday, Dec. 9 from 6 – 8 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.napershalom.org/.


Chabad Jewish Center of Naperville

Candle Lighting: Friday, Dec. 7 at 4:04 p.m.

Chanukah Menorah Lighting at Naperville City Hall: Thursday Dec. 13 at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, visit  http://www.jewishnaperville.com/.


Temple B'nai Israel

Sisterhood Hanukkah Dinner: Mark your calendar for the Sisterhood Ḥanukkah dinner on Friday, Dec. 14. Friday night services will begin at 6:30 p.m. with dinner following at 7:30. Cost is $12 per person, $6 for children 10 and under. RSVP to the Temple office. For more information, visit  http://www.temple-bnai-israel.org/.


What is Hanukkah?

Hanukkah is a celebration commemorating the Maccabean Revolt, a battle between the Jews and the Seleucids, who ruled Israel more than 2,000 years ago.

The Jews drove the Seleucids out of Jerusalem and reclaimed their desecrated holy temple, according to the Chabad-Lubavitch Media Center

The victors found a one-day supply of olive oil that had not been contaminated by the Seleucids and used it to light the temple menorah. The miracle of Hanukkah is that the oil—which was supposed to last for only one day—lasted for eight days, hence the length of time Hanukkah is celebrated today.

Hanukkah is celebrated by lighting a candle on the menorah on each of the eight nights. Other customs include eating traditional foods made with oil, such as potato latkes and deep-fried, filled donuts known as sufganiyot, and playing with a spinning top called a dreidel, which is inscribed with the Hebrew acronym for "A great miracle happened there."

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