Hanukkah (alternately spelled Chanukah), meaning "dedication" in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "rededication" of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the hanukkiyah, a special menorah for Hanukkah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts); and special songs and games.
Runners, joggers and walkers of ALL ages are invited to the first annual Hanukkah 8 Krazy Kilometers, an 8K run organized by Temple Beth El of Bakersfield, California, in celebration of the 8-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. This community event also features a 2K Latke Loop Fun Run.