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The Real Story of Hanukkah: Finding Meaning for Interfaith Families (National) – Online

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm CST


Curious how the holiday of Hanukkah came to be what we celebrate today? First there was a war. Next there was a myth. But before both were thousands of years of humanity’s reckoning with the mysteries of the world. In this deep dive into Hanukkah with 18Doors’ Rabbi Michal Woll, we’ll learn the historical background and the Rabbinic tale that guide our understanding and practice of the holiday.

Hanukkah is not the Jewish Christmas, yet both holidays have roots in something much older and more universal: the deep need to bring light into the darkness. What do we need from these lights today: for ourselves, for our communities, for the world? We will explore universal, spiritual and moral interpretations of Hanukkah that can be meaningful for every member of an interfaith family and/or community. We will end by lighting candles together for the third night of Hanukkah.



Rabbi Michal WollMeet Rabbi Michal Woll

Rabbi Michal Woll is rabbi of Congregation Shir Hadash in Milwaukee and a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She is a third career rabbi, with corporate and clinical experience that manifests through her interests in end-of-life care and medical ethics. Rabbi Michal brings love of music, learning, justice and creativity to her rabbinate. At Shir, Michal is fostering a more urban, inclusive, progressive and activist Jewish presence in the city of Milwaukee, where she is involved in interfaith justice work and dialogue.

Rabbi Michal lives with her husband, author Jon M. Sweeney, their daughters Ana and Sima, and their aging mutt, Max. In 2013, Michal and Jon co-authored the book, Mixed-Up Love: Relationships, Family, and Religious Identity in the 21st Century (Hachette). Their relationship and family has been profiled in national media. Michal is excited to join the community of fellows and to create new possibilities for interfaith couples and families in Brew City with the support of 18Doors.

18Doors believes our community is enriched by the diversity of its members. We welcome everyone, and invite racially diverse and LGBTQ individuals to participate in our programming. All of our virtual programs offer automated closed captioning. If you need additional captioning support, or any other accommodations to fully participate in a program, please let us know on your registration form.