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CHANUKAH

  CHANUKAH ~ DECEMBER 10 - 18, 2020

CHANUKAH AT CBE 2020
MITZVAH MENORAH: Beginning Friday, Nov 27th through Friday, Dec 18th, donate to the CBE Social Action Fund and those donations will go towards the purchasing of gift cards for those in need at local agencies.  CLICK HERE for more information.  CLICK HERE to donate.

8 NIGHTS OF "FUN"DRAISER: CHANUKAH BASKET RAFFLE : 
Our Religious School is raffling off 8 Gift Baskets (one per each night of Chanukah!).  Raffle tickets go on sale ($18/for 8 raffles) on Nov 29th.  One winner per ticket purchase (set of 8 tickets). For more information, CLICK HERE.  For basket descriptions, CLICK HERE.  To purchase raffle tickets, CLICK HERE.  Questions?  Contact Lita Carbone

CHANUKAH GIFT BAGS: Will be delivered to your home between Friday, Dec 4th --> Thurs, Dec 10th  Make sure you take your glow stick out as you will need it for our Chanukah Service on
Dec 11th!  Questions?  Contact Deb Sokoler

CHANUKAH MENORAH LIGHTING VIA ZOOM:
Join CBE Clergy & Staff as we light our menorahs together, so don't forget to get your menorah!
*Thursday, December 10th at 5:30 PM - CLICK HERE to join Zoom link.  If prompted to provide a password, it is SISTERHOOD.  
*Saturday, December 12th at 5:30 PM - Havdalah & Menorah Lighting - CLICK HERE to join Zoom link.  If prompted to provide a password, it is CBE
*Monday, December 14th --> Thursday, December 17th at 5:30 PM - CLICK HERE to join Zoom link.  If prompted to provide a password, it is SISTERHOOD

CHANUKAH SERVICE:
Friday, December 11th

5:00 PM ~ Break-Out Rooms via Zoom - "We'll be using zoom rooms to have a series of short small-group conversations (with some prompts if you'd like a discussion prompt, but you can also feel free to discuss whatever you'd like!) ... come to see old friends and meet new ones as we celebrate Chanukah together." + Religious School "Fun"draiser Raffle Drawing. 
CLICK HERE to join Zoom.  If prompted to provide a password, it is CBE.  
5:30 PM ~ Chanukah Service via Live Stream - join us for a music filled service & don't forget to have your glow stick on hand!  - CLICK HERE  This service is also archived.

 DRIVE TO BETH EMETH FOR MENORAH CANDLE LIGHTING
Sunday, December 13th at 4:00 PM

BROOKS CHICKEN BBQ DINNER TAKE OUT SPONSORED BY BROTHERHOOD
Sunday, December 13th at 4:30 PM - Come to our Candle Lighting and then pick up your dinner right there in the Beth Emeth parking lot!!  Dinner includes:  chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, dinner roll, butter & oatmeal cream cookie. Cost $12/person. RSVP by Dec 10th. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER for the dinner! CLICK HERE to purchase your dinner(s).  Questions?  Contact Deb Sokoler

ALL ABOUT CHANUKAH:
Chanukah, meaning "dedication" in Hebrew refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Maccabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "rededication" of the Temple in Jerusalem.  The modern home celebration of Chanukah centers around the lighting of the chanukiyah a special menorah for Chanukah; foods prepared in oil including latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts); and special songs and games.  

HOW TO LIGHT THE CHANUKIYAH:

Candles are added to the chanukiyah (menorah) from right to left but are kindled from left to right.  The newest candle is lit first.  (On the Shabbat of Chanukah, kindle the chanukiyah before the Shabbat candles)

Light the shamash (the helper candle) first, using it to kindle the rest of the Chanukah lights.  As you do, say or sing:

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotzv v'tsivanu l'hadlik ner shel Chanukah
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to kindle the Chanukah lights

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu Melech haolam, she-asah nisim laavoteinu v'imoteinu bayamim hahaeim baz'man hazeh
Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who performed wonderous deeds for our ancestors in days of old at this season

On the first night, we add:

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech Haolam, shechecheyanu vi'kiy'manu v'higianu laz'man hazeh
Blessed are you, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach the season

HOW TO MAKE LATKES:

ingredients:  2 large Russet potatoes 1 large onion peeled 2 large eggs 1⁄2 cup all-purpose flour 2 tsp coarse kosher salt 1 tsp baking powder 1⁄2 tsp freshly ground black pepper Safflower or other oil, for frying apple sauce or sour cream for serving.

Preparation: Using a food processor with a coarse grating disc, grate the potatoes and onion. Drain out the remaining liquid. Working quickly, transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the eggs, flour, salt, baking powder, and pepper, and mix thoroughly. In a heavy pan over medium-high heat, pour in about 1/4 inch of the oil. Once the oil is very hot, use a heaping tablespoon to drop the batter into the pan, cooking in batches. Use a spatula to flatten and shape the drops into discs. When the edges of the latkes are brown and crispy, about 5 minutes, flip. Cook until the second side is deeply browned, about another 5 minutes. Transfer the latkes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and sprinkle with salt while still warm.

HOW TO PLAY DREIDEL:

Playing dreidel is a Chanukah tradition. The dreidel, or in Hebrew, sevivon, means “to turn around.” The four letters on the dreidel, stand for the saying, Nes Gadol Haya Sham, meaning A Great Miracle Happened There. 

Basic Rules: 1. Each player begins the game with gelt or coins (or m&m’s, cheerios, etc.). 2 Before starting, each player puts one “coin” into the center “pot.” This is done again every time the pot becomes empty. 3. Decide on a player to go first and move clockwise around the circle. 4. Each player gets one turn to spin the dreidel. 5. Depending on what side is facing up, follow these rules: Nun: Nothing - player does nothing Gimel: Get - player gets everything in pot Hey: Half - player gets half of the pot (odd, round up) Shin: Put in - the player puts one coin in pot 6. When one player has won everything, the game is over.

CLICK HERE  to download a pdf of all of the above + more!

CLICK HERE to hear how to sing the blessings + more

 How to Play Dreidel: Playing dreidel is a Chanukah tradition. The dreidel, or in Hebrew, sevivon, means “to turn around.” The four letters on the dreidel, stand for the saying, Nes Gadol Haya Sham, meaning A Great Miracle Happened There. Basic Rules: 1 Each player begins the game with gelt or coins (or m&m’s, cheerios, etc.). 2 Before starting, each player puts one “coin” into the center “pot.” This is done again every time the pot becomes empty.  3.  Decide on a player to go first and move clockwise around the circle. 4. Each player gets one turn to spin the dreidel. 5. Depending on what side is facing up, follow these rules: Nun: Nothing - player does nothing Gimel: Get - player gets everything in pot Hey: Half - player gets half of the pot (odd, round up) Shin: Put in - the player puts one coin in pot 6. When one player has won everything, the game is over.

CLICK HERE for 8 Social Justice Gifts to Make the World a Better Place This Chanukah
CLICK HERE for more about Chanukah including songs, recipes, rituals and more from the URJ

Wed, January 27 2021 14 Sh'vat 5781