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Enduring Understandings:

You will understand that...

  • Jews build community through holiday observance and ritual celebrations.

  • Jewish life is best lived in community.

  • The Jewish holidays teach us to appreciate the many cycles of renewal and rebirth.

Essential Questions:

What do you think?

  • What are some of the important lessons from these Jewish holidays?

  • How does the idea that Jews everywhere celebrate these same holidays connect me to the Jewish community?

I know the symbols and ritual items used on Chanukah

Click on each holiday symbol below to find out what it is. Do you know when we use each of these symbols? Do you know what they symbolize?

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Create a Chanukah holiday symbol book with pictures and/or drawings of each symbol and the name of each symbol.​

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I can put the parts of the story of Chanukah in the correct order

The Hanukkah story tells the tale of the Jews living in Israel when the Antiochus, the Greek leader decided he didn't want anyone living Jewishly anymore. Some Jews went along with this crazy idea just to keep the peace but others, led by the Maccabees, decided to fight against it.

After a terrible battle, the Maccabees overpowered the Greeks and got their Temple back. There was a lot of cleaning up to do and only enough oil for the lamp for one day. Thankfully, a miracle occurred and the oil lasted for eight days.

Click to download and print our Holiday story flashcards. Just cut them out, mix them up and see if you can put them in the right order.

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I can use the Hebrew names of the holiday

חֲנֻכָּה (Chanukah) means "re-dedication" and it reminds us of how the Maccabees cleaned up the Temple in Jerusalem and re-dedicated it for use. Chanukah is also called חַג אוּרִים (Chag Urim), which means, "the festival of lights."

Click to download and print our Holiday name flashcards. Just cut and fold them to practice at home!

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Create a Chanukah greeting card incorporating the names of the holiday.

I can match Chanukah with its appropriate season

Chanukah begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev. It comes at the darkest time of the year - just when we need more light! Chanukah lasts for eight days. Jews aren't the only ones who celebrate a festival of lights at the darkest time of the year.

Create a nature collage celebrating Chanukah and its season.

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I can recite the Chanukah b’rachot (blessings)

There are two blessings we say when lighting the Chanukiyah (three blessings on the first night.) The first blessing thanks God for commanding us to light the Chanukiyah. The second blessing thanks God for all the miracles happening all around us all the time. The third blessing, said onl on the first night is the Shehecheyanu blessing, thanking God for letting us reach this special moment.

Listen to these blessings below and try to sing along.

I can identify the rituals that we do on Chanukah

On Hanukkah we light the Chanukiyah each night for eight nights, we play s'vivon (dreidel), and eat levivot (latkes) and sufganiyot (jelly donuts.) And, of course, we exchange gifts!

Watch the video below to learn about Chanukah rituals.

Create your own video teaching about the rituals of Chanukah.

I can hypothesize about the values associated with Chanukah based on the holiday story

Middot are Jewish values. A value is a belief or behavior that we all believe is important. Some Jewish values are kindness, bravery and love. You can find a list of many more middot below. Think about all that you've learned about Chanukah. What values do you think are important for these holidays? What values to these holidays inspire us to act on? You can print out our list of middot (plural of middah), cut each middah out and create a poster for each holiday celebrating its values.

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