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As we each shared some favorite holiday memories, my partner asked, “So what does each candle of Hanukkah symbolize?” Puzzled, I asked him to explain what he meant. “You know, like for Kwanzaa.”
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.
"Queen of the Hanukkah Dosas" by Pamela Ehrenberg, illustrated by Anjan Sarkar, is the perfect read for your 5- and 6-year-olds this Hanukkah.
Assign a different Jewish value each one day of Hanukkah and plan appropriate activities for your family. The idea of activities is not simply doing for doing’s sake, but doing for the sake of learning. Be sure to reflect and talk afterward!
Dreidel is the traditional game played to celebrate Hanukkah. How do you play dreidel? Read this handy guide, which includes an alternative style of play and other fun ideas.
Whether you're hosting a holiday party or simply want to turn on some Jewish tunes as you light the candles with your family, our Spotify playlists will do the trick.
We recently introduced the URJ Reflection Project, a tool for the High Holidays that can be found at reflect.reformjudaism.org. Here, we share suggestions of how to use its many ideas with your congregation.
Like our ancestors before us, we must again bring worship “inside” and create a sacred space at home while we are in front of our computers.
It's a challenge and necessity, especially during this pandemic, to set boundaries between work time and family or personal time, between home office and home. How do we do that, emotionally?