Hanukkah Booklet

Available in on-screen reading friendly (PDF) and printer-friendly, downloadable (PDF) versions.Hanukkah is one of the most home-based and family-centered of the Jewish holidays.

A child’s delight, it can be full of gift-giving, games, parties, and good food. Based on an historical event in post-biblical times, it is a minor holiday whose impact exceeds its status because of the need to party in the midst of the coldest and darkest season of the year.

But what is the holiday all about? This booklet explains the history of Hanukkah, the symbolism and significance of lighting candles for eight nights, the blessings that accompany the lighting of the candles, the holiday’s foods, the game of dreidels, and more!

A guide through the why and how of the winter festival of Hanukkah, this booklet can also be used:

  • as the foundation for a class on Hanukkah for family education;
  • as a handout for new synagogue or community members;
  • to help interfaith families — and all families — who need a refresher on Hanukkah’s signficance;
  • as a handout for religious schools, community gatherings and events during the winter season.

Author: 18Doors


18Doors is here to support interfaith couples and families exploring Jewish life. We offer educational content; connections to welcoming organizations, professionals and programs; resources and trainings for organizations, clergy and other program providers; and our Rukin Rabbinic Fellowship provides offerings for couples in cities nationwide. If you have questions, please contact info@18doors.org.