Hanukkah

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Hanukkah 2018 begins Sunday night, December 2, 2018 and continues through Monday, December 10, 2018

Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods. The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire. According to legend, Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt and won. Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days, starting on the 25th day of Kislev according to the Hebrew calendar.

A menorah is lit in every household (or even by each individual within the household) and placed in a doorway or window. Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash (“attendant”) until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the holiday. Other Hanukkah festivities include playing dreidel and eating oil-based foods such as doughnuts and latkes.

Hanukkah = Pride + Freedom! Maccabees stood strong in their Jewish identity, and we stand proud as free LGBTQ Jews.

Hanukkah eve, Candle 1: Sunday December 2, 2018
4pm One Community, Many Stories: Identity featuring theatre dybbuk and the band WASI click for full details and tickets

Candle 2: Monday December 3, 2018

Candle 3: Tuesday December 4, 2018
Torah Study and candle lighting with Rabbi Lisa, begins 7:15pm at BCC

Candle 4: Wednesday December 5, 2018

Candle 5: Thursday December 6, 2018
7:30pm NextGen Latke Party!
Join NextGen (ages 21-45) for evening of schmoozing, latke making,
Chanukah poker (with gelt!), and other fun activities.
Please contact Chelsie at bcc@bcc-la.org or 323-931-7023 ext. 205 to let us know if you plan on attending so that we can ensure there’s enough food.
We are asking for a $5.00 donation to help off-set the cost for the event.

Candle 6: Friday December 7, 2018
7:45 Community Candle lighting. Join Rabbi Lisa and Cantor Juval as they lead the BCC community in lighting Menorahs for Hanukkah. You are welcome to bring your menorah and candles. The candle lighting will be followed by Shabbat Services at 8pm.

Candle 7: Saturday December 8, 2018
7pm Intimate voices – Music of Jewish Spirit (Cantors Concert). Cantor Juval Porat is joined by five of the most talented cantorial voices in Los Angeles today and the JAC string trio in joyous song and delightful Hanukkah holiday celebration. click for full details and tickets

Candle 8: Sunday December 9, 2018
“Zero Motivation” screening at 6pm: Female Israeli soldiers are posted to a remote desert base and spend their time pushing paper until they can return to civilian life. FUNNY and ADORABLE MOVIE! Stay for Candle lighting.

The Chanukiya Blessings

1.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּֽנוּ לְהַדְלִיק נֵר שֶׁל חֲנֻכָּה.
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, asher kidishanu bemitzvotav, vitzivanu lehadlik ner shel Hanukkah.

Praised are You, Adonai, who rules the Universe, Who makes us holy through mitzvot and has given us the mitzvah of lighting the Hanukkah candle.

2.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁעָשָׂה נִסִּים לַאֲבוֹתֵֽינוּ בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם בַּזְּמַן הַזֶּה.
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, she’asah nissim la’avoteinu bayamim haheim, bazeman hazeh.

Praised are You, Adonai, who rules the Universe, Who made miracles for our ancestors, long ago, and
continues to make them today.

3. (on the first night only!)

בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, שֶׁהֶחֱיָֽנוּ וְקִיְּמָֽנוּ וְהִגִּיעָֽנוּ לַזְּמַן הַזֶּה.
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, sheheheyanu, vekiyimanu, vehigi’anu, lazeman hazeh.

Praised are you, Adonai, who rules the Universe, Who has granted us life, sustained us, and has brought us to this special time

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