Hanukkah Family Activities

Hanukkah Family Activities

Hanukkah Family Activities

Menorah used in the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah

Hanukkah Family Activities

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  • With eight nights to celebrate, Hanukkah is a wonderful holiday for families to enjoy together – especially if there are teens in the house or in your extended family.

  • Hanukkah recounts the story of a great miracle and a great triumph, offering parents a wonderful opportunity to teach children to celebrate the miracles in their own lives as well as to be the light in someone else’s darkness.


  • Long ago, before even our grandparents’ grandparents’ grandparents were alive, the land of Israel was ruled by a wicked king named Antiochus Epiphanes

  • We made this keepsake on the last night of Hannukkah last year. As a fairly new family, making this took all three of us, including our four month old, and was such a fun way to introduce our daughter to Jewish culture!

  • Lighting an oil lantern is a wonderful way to illuminate your retelling of the story of Hanukkah. As you create a symbolic reminder of the cruse of oil that was found in the ancient temple you are also creating a new family tradition.


  • A Hanukkah prayer for freedom

  • Recite this blessing the first time you do something each Jewish calendar year (e.g., the first night of Hanukkah when you light the menorah), and to mark joyous occasions.

  • Candles are added to the hanukkiyah (menorah) from right to left but are kindled from left to right. The newest candle is lit first. (On the Shabbat of Hanukkah, kindle the Hanukkah lights first and then the Shabbat candles.)