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  • 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.”

  • Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

    By Ilana Angel

    December 16, 2011 | 8:49 am

    I wished an older lady at Whole Foods Happy Holidays this week and was immediately reprimanded for not saying Merry Christmas.  She looked me straight in the eye and said something along these lines: It’s Christmas for Christ’s sake.  Just say it.  There are no other holidays...

  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Be sure to tell the Pontiff I said good Yontiv

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 7, 2011 | 12:24 pm

  • 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...

  • Hanukkah on “Rodeo Drive”: Young Iranian Jews aid worthy causes and party in style!

    By Karmel Melamed

    December 26, 2009 | 12:13 pm

    When you think of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, you think of the glitz and glamour of high society and the street which is home to some of the fashion world’s most expensive high-end stores. Well more than 600 local young Iranian Jewish professionals brought that same glamour to...

  • Latkes Without end, Amen

    By Rob Eshman

    December 11, 2009 | 3:21 pm

    A few years back I wrote a story about cooking latkes for my wife’s then-congregation.  In the spirit of the holiday, here it is:

    LATKES WITHOUT END, AMEN
    December, 2004

    It’s 1991, and I am in the basement kitchen of Temple Mishkon Tephilo in Venice. I don’t know what it looks like...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Dec. 27- Jan. 2: Hot Rod Chanukah, Moroccan New Years Eve

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 26, 2008 | 6:02 pm

    SAT | DECEMBER 27

    (CHANUKAH BASH)
    The week has been loaded with holiday merrymaking, but if you've got a drop of energy left, you'll want to make it last all night long at the Hot Rod Chanukah Party hosted by The Jewish Federation's Young Leadership Division and Birthright Israel...
  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Dec. 20-26: Chanukah, Chanukah, Chanukah

    By Dikla Kadosh and Lilly Fowler

    December 19, 2008 | 12:11 am

    SAT | DECEMBER 20


    (SPARKLING CHANUKAH)
    JConnectLA is encouraging members of the young professional (YoPro) community to "get sparked for the Festival of Lights" by partaking in a little Fire and Ice. There to help fuel the fire will be the Chai Center, the Happy Minyan, Jewlicious,...
  • Chanukah Gift Guide 2008

    By Elyse Glickman

    December 5, 2008 | 6:06 pm

    Here’s some ideas for gifts that will continue to inspire long after the chanukiah has been put away. Bling that bridges faith and fashion, a DVD from a local yoga instructor and a Western Wall locket from an Agoura Hills jewelry designer are a few ideas from Southern California and...

  • Eight days of Chanukah candle lighting - Day 8: The great donut finale

    By Jay Firestone

    December 11, 2007 | 9:25 am

    Its been a long week, but now I can finally say that my life is complete, thanks to the Chabad of West Hills, the Chabad of Woodland Hills and the New JCC at Milken…and also about 300 donuts.


    Thanks for watching our Chanukah Special.  Check out JewishJournal.com for more great videos and inspiring articles. 

    HAPPY CHANUKAH!

  • Eight days of Chanukah candle lighting - Day 7: Taglit Birthright party

    By Jay Firestone

    December 10, 2007 | 10:07 am

    Throughout this week, I’ve made latkes (or at least attempted to), gone to school musicals and even mastered the art of the dreidel.  Now, for the 7th day, its time to party, Chanukah style.  Thanks to the help of Taglit Birthright Israel, Jdub Records (in addition to the support of the Progressive Jewish Alliance), we can light candles with class, drinks and girls.

  • VideoJew’s Eight days of Chanukah candle lighting - Day 6: The Melech of Rock and Roll

    By Jay Firestone

    December 9, 2007 | 8:11 am

    If you’ve ever wanted a Jewish Vegas wedding, this may be your lucky day - thanks Jelvis. 

    Celebrating the 6th night of chanukah with me, Jelvis lights up the show as the two of us say the blessings. 

  • 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 4: Gino

    By Jay Firestone

    December 7, 2007 | 8:38 am

    For those of you who don’t know, I’m a big Pico Blvd. fan.  The road…the lights…the people—all Jewish, for the most part.  That’s why I decided to light Day 4 of the Chanukah candles there.  But on a street with so much culture, it might be surprising to you that I chose to light...

  • Eight days of Chanukah candle lighting - Day 3: Temple Emanuel musical

    By Jay Firestone

    December 6, 2007 | 9:53 am

    JewishJournal.com VideoJew Jay Firestone returns for the third straight night of Chanukah candle lighting…only this time, he’s doing it for the kids.

    Today, Jay takes us to Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills where second through sixth graders will be performing a play, “A Great Miracle...

  • Miriam and Shoshana are back in ‘Hardcore Hannuka Dance’ music video

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 4, 2007 | 8:55 pm

    Those naughty Orthodox ‘schoolgirls’ Miriam and Shoshana are back in this brand new Oren Kaplan video, ‘Hardcore Hannuka Dance.’

    It’s a ‘Tolerance Day’ school assembly somewhere far from the girls’ Pico-Robertson ‘hood and the girls are selected to explain the Festival of Lights to the kids. . . . and then all hell breaks loose!  ;-)

    You go, girls!

  • Maoz Tzur—Chanukah’s greatest hit

    By JewishJournal.com

    December 3, 2007 | 11:35 pm

    We love The Dreidel song:

    We love Ocho Candelikas:

    But neither one touches the most beautiful Chanukah song: Maoz Tzur (“Rock of Ages”). [CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUMENTAL VERSION]

    The melody is based on a medieval German folk song, they say, and it appears in some Lutheran liturgy...

  • It’s beginning to sound a lot like Tish Tones; Java Nagilla!

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 23rd

    Chanukah's officially over, but it's not too late to catch Tobey C. Moss Gallery's exhibition, "Peter Shire -- The Creative Synapse: Fantasies, Drawings, Sculptures." Included among Shire's maquettes -- relating to his public artworks displayed as close as Los...

  • Swingin’ Chanukah with Kenny Ellis; The Klezmatics at the Disney; Three More Tenors

    By Keren Engelberg

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Saturday the 16th

    To our knowledge, only one man can claim all of the following titles: writer, director, actor, comedian and Dixieland jazz clarinetist. Artist of all trades Woody Allen focuses tonight on that latter occupation. He and his crew, a.k.a. Woody Allen and his New...

  • Originality trumps repetition in the holiday songs battle

    By George Robinson

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    I will be frank. I'm tired of hearing the same holiday songs over and over. So the best Chanukah present I've received this year is a pile of Chanukah-themed CDs with lots of new holiday songs, many of them quite good. Here's what crossed my desk this December.

    The Klezmatics:...

  • Illuminating Tales of Modern Maccabees

    By Gaby Friedman

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In Myra Goldberg's short story, "Who Can Retell," reprinted in the National Public Radio anthology, "Hanukkah Lights, Stories of the Season" (Melcher Media, 2005), a young girl is concerned that her school's holiday glee club is singling out all the Jewish students to sing Chanukah...

  • The Best Presents: Ritual and Repetition

    By Sharon Duke Estroff

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    During my family's annual Thanksgiving beach road trip this year, my kids showed remarkable stamina for tolerating monotony as they watched the "Rugrats' Chanukah" video 12 times in a row. I was about to inquire how they could manage to consistently laugh like fiends each time they...

  • Chrismukkah Web site

    By Amy Klein

    December 9, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    A menorah is topped with candy canes, a mini Christmas tree adorned with a Jewish star and a spinning dreidel pictures Frosty the Snowman on one side and the tree on another: These are just some of the "interfaith" pictures featured on the mugs on the gift section of the...

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