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  • “Suck it, Christmas”: The story of a Chanukah comedy album

    By Julie Bien

    November 22, 2013 | 1:51 pm

    Rachel Bloom, 26, and Dan Gregor and Jack Dolgen, both 31, have just released their first Chanukah album, "Suck it, Christmas"--an adult-themed comedic ode to the standard holiday music released en masse this time of year. The Jewish Journal was able to interview the trio of...

  • On heroes and gratitude: A real Thansgivukkah message

    November 22, 2013 | 1:45 pm

    It has a clever, catchy name.  It will allegedly occur once every 78,000 years.  It has inspired dozens of fusion recipes like sweet potato latkes with cranberry applesauce.  It has even inspired a Hanukkiah or menorah in the shape of a turkey,  a “menurkey.”  It is the perfect...

  • Olim land in Israel on eve of Chanukah

    December 20, 2011 | 10:43 am

    Some 76 new immigrants from North America arrived in Israel on the eve of Chanukah.

    The new immigrants arrived Tuesday morning on a Nefesh B’Nefesh group Aliyah flight organized in conjunction with the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption and
    the Jewish Agency. They will kindle the...

  • The Hanukkah Song: A 2011 update

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 16, 2011 | 4:15 pm

    Bill Funt parodies Adam Sandler’s holiday gem, “The Hanukkah Song.”

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  • Chanukah in Israel: Sufganiyot on the streets, burning lights and family fun

    December 12, 2011 | 3:09 pm

    They’re making sufganiyot on the streets of Israel; Chanukah must be near.

    Actually it started feeling like Chanukah here about two days after Sukkot, when the first vendors started frying the delicious and caloric doughnuts in vats of oil in front of bakeries and on the street in...

  • Giving the gift of tikkun olam

    December 12, 2011 | 3:05 pm

    If the thought of spending too much Chanukah gelt on lavish gifts for friends and loved ones seems a little dim this year, adding a little tikkun olam to the presents can give your Festival of Lights a memorable glow.

    The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism has assembled a...

  • Frying high: Keeping known, lesser-known culinary traditions

    December 12, 2011 | 2:57 pm

    Latkes and sufganiyot, the jelly-filled doughnuts especially popular in Israel, are well-known Chanukah fare made with oil to signify the holiday tale.

    Lesser known is the tradition of cheese and the story of Judith.

    Like the Chanukah story, which is part of the Apocrypha—books not...

  • In tough times, relying on the Jewish community for help

    December 12, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    In August, in the heat of the summer, a Boston-area mother of three began to worry about how she would pay for Chanukah gifts. Across the country in San Francisco, a 33-year-old Russian-born mother of six said that thinking about this Chanukah made her cry.

    Both women—Lauren of...

  • Obama lights White House menorah at reception [VIDEO]

    December 9, 2011 | 11:55 am

    President Obama hosted 550 people at the White House Chanukah reception.

    The annual event, held Thursday in Washington, was attended by the president and vice-president and their wives and attracted a mix of Jewish dignitaries from the political, community and cultural worlds. The...

  • Chanukah fare with international flair

    By Judy Zeidler

    December 7, 2011 | 12:36 pm

    Around this time of year, I think of my grandmother and the stories she told me about making beef brisket and potato latkes for her first Chanukah dinner in America. She loved to cook, and sharing her recipes from Russia brought her such delight.

    Chanukah, often called the festival...

  • Grown-up gelt

    December 7, 2011 | 12:22 pm

    All around the Jewish world, Chanukah is chocolate season. But that doesn’t have to mean you’re stuck with the waxy chocolate coins known as gelt. In fact, a new wave of boutique chocolate makers in Israel are redefining this beloved indulgence in Israel. Many of their skillfully...

  • Matisyahu’s ‘Miracle’ Chanukah song [VIDEO]

    By JewishJournal.com

    November 28, 2010 | 8:46 pm

    A message from Matisyahu from matisyahuworld.com:

    There’s so many Christmas songs out there, I wanted to give the Jewish kids something to be proud of. We’ve got Adam Sandler’s song which is hilarious but I wanted to try to get across some of the depth and spirituality inherent in the holiday—in a fun, celebratory song. My boy Kojak was in town so at the last minute we went into the studio in the spirit of miracles and underdogs and this is what we came up with. Happy Hannukah!!

    -Matisyahu

    Do you like the song?

  • VIDEO: Guinness Book great dreidel spin in Santa Monica

    By Jay Firestone

    December 26, 2008 | 1:42 pm

    Can The Santa Monica Synagogue break the Guinness Book of World Record’s record for most simultaneous dreidel spins? 

    We go to Simcha Monica to report .  .  .

  • Got a light?  Pass the candle

    By Jay Firestone

    December 16, 2008 | 1:00 pm


    A Chanukah video collaboration and I wasn’t involved?  Shame on me. 

    If I had been on my game, I would’ve submitted a dynamite candle lighting clip (maybe even with real dynamite).  I’d bring all the VideoJew friends together (Jelvis, Gino, Aaron Kemp, the guys from the kosher Subway, mah-jongg lady Elaine Sandberg)...the list could go on forever.  But I suppose the VideoJew holiday special will have to wait until next year. 

    For the full effect, visit http://passthecandle.com/

  • VideoJew’s Eight days of Chanukah candle lighting - Day 5: Adam, the dreidel wiz

    By Jay Firestone

    December 8, 2007 | 11:23 am

    What’s Chanukah without a little dreidel? Better than mario kart or guitar hero, dreidel is not only fun, but its a game about equality…because it requires absolutely no skill at all - everyone’s on the same level.  I learned, however that the classic game can be pretty boring.  That’s why I sat down with Jewish Joural Senior Editor Adam Wills, a dreidel expert.  Together we learned basic play along with a new game…upside-down dreidel. 

    After the game, as always come light the Chanukah candles with us.

  • Eight days of Chanukah candle lighting—Day 2, The Latke Experiment

    By Jay Firestone

    December 5, 2007 | 9:13 am

    Back for the second night of Chanukah, JewishJournal.com VideoJew Jay Firestone makes a failed attempt at latkes for a few guests.  Join them all afterwards in lighting day two of the Chanukah candles.

    Check the rest of our Chanukah candle lighting videos online, all this week!

    Happy Chanukah!

  • A Chanukah in the ‘People’s House’

    By Dr. Joel Geiderman

    December 12, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The invitation to the White House was completely unexpected. It arrived in a caligraphied envelope, with a Chanukah stamp in the corner and a menorah showing through.

    A Chanukah card, I thought, but I was wrong. There was a gold presidential seal at the top of the card and a few...

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