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.
Here is a list of Temples and events in Brookline:
At Temple Ohabei Shalom 1187 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446 Phone: 617-277-6610
Shabbat B'yachad and Community Dinner (Shabbat Together): December 14 starting at 5:45 p.m. Reserve space before December 11 to save on entry price.
STOS Chanukah lunch and Yankee Swap: December 12 at 12 p.m.
Temple Beth Zion
1566 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
December 9, 4-6pm
Come join us for our annual Community Hanukkah party. There will be activities for all ages, an adult learning session, food and of course, a chance for all to light the hanukkiah together!
Adults: $25 Seniors: $12 Children under 12: free
(Price correction. Price listed in Koleinu was from a previous year.) Enjoy good food and great company as we come together to celebrate community on the seventh night of Hanukkah.Please RSVP to Jeralyn at 617-566-8171 x 14 by Monday, Dec. 10th for reservations.
Temple Israel of Boston:
477 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Chanukah Party. December 9 at 2 p.m.
1566 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA.
384 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446
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.
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