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Hanukkah

Blurry Christmas tree in the lobby of a building like a workplace or hotel

Sustaining a minority culture in the face of Christmas’s incessant commercial drumbeat can be exhausting.

Juliette Hirt
Pride flag with white Star of David in the center

Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood, CA, is dedicated to raising the voices of queer folks so the rest of the Jewish community cannot help but hear our cry.

Rabbi Max Chaiken
A toddler's hand holding a dreidel in the foreground; hanukkiyah and gifts in the background (blurred)

It's a conversation I had had hundreds of times in my 44 years as a Jewish educator. However, this time was different: It was with my son.

Robin Eisenberg, RJE
Screencap from Six13 video of its members faces illuminated against a black background

A cappella music-makers Six13 are back with their new Hanukkah parody song, a very Jewish riff on Queen's iconic "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Kate Kaput
Lit Hanukkah candles in the foreground; out of focus hanukkiyah in the background

Coming so soon after the massive trauma in Pittsburgh, how would Hanukkah be felt in the hearts and spirits of the people there?

Alden Solovy
People gathered around dinner tables together while a band plays

There is something very Jewish about the way I use cookbooks, and the way I use Jewish cookbooks, in particular.

Deborah Fishman Shelby
Collage of the covers of all the childrens books listed in this piece

Just in time for the eight nights of Hanukkah, here are eight illustrated books that are sure to bring a smile to the face of the young Jews of Color in your life.

Chris Harrison
Trays of colorfully decorated donuts for Hanukkah

In Jerusalem, Hanukkah is all about food. The famous Israeli jelly donuts appear in shops about a month before the holiday screaming, “Buy me! Eat me! Savor me!”

Cantor Evan Kent
Closeup of a budding pine cone in a pine tree dusted with snow

My husband, along with millions and billions of other people, doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but I never thought my children wouldn’t celebrate it.

Susan Brownstein
Assortment of dreidels amidst holiday lights

Sometimes we create our own traditions, sometimes we carry on a tradition we inherit, and sometimes a tradition can come from unexpected places.

Ann Imig

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