Hanukkah 2012 in Sudbury

Celebrate the Festival of Lights in Sudbury with fun events and delicious recipes.

This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16.

According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. 

Here's a list of local events this month:

Service calendars:

Friday, Dec 7 - Shabbat Services, Community Potluck Dinner & Jubilee Speaker
Saturday, Dec 8 - Chanukiah Lighting Schedule & Event
Wednesday, Dec 12 - Jewish Peoplehood
Sunday, Dec 16 - Guest Speaker Series; With Reb Moshe Waldoks
Sunday, Dec 16 - Hebrew Reading from the Beginning

Chanukah: 1 Candle, BNTY & BNTY Jr. Celtics Garme (06:00 PM to 11:00 PM)
Chanukah: 2 Candles, Chanukah Family Ed-pre k, K and grade 1 (09:30 AM to 11:30 AM); Grades Pre K/K&1 (09:30 AM); Book Club Meeting - December (10:00 AM); BNTY & Jr. BNTY Chanukah Swap (04:00 PM to 06:00 PM)
Chanukah: 3 Candles, Grades 2 & 3 (04:00 PM), Grade 8 (06:00 PM)
Chanukah: 4 Candles, Grades 4 & 5 (04:00 PM), Grade 7 (06:00 PM)
Chanukah: 5 Candles
Chanukah: 6 Candles, Grade 6 (04:00 PM), Grade 9 (06:00 PM), Teacher's Meeting (06:00 PM)
Rosh Chodesh Tevet Channukah: 7 Candles, Congregational Chanukah Shabbat Dinner (06:00 PM to 06:45 PM); Chanukah Service & Prospective Member Open House (07:00 PM)
Channukah: 8 Candles, Shabbat Torah Study - AM (09:00 AM), Bar/Bat Mitzvah - Havdalah/Evening Service (04:00 PM)
Channukah: 8th Day, Brotherhood Author Breakfast (08:30 AM to 11:00 AM)

Chanukah—Hanukkah  Light over Darkness Dec. 8–16, 2012 Jewish Practice » Jewish Holidays

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born.

Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting one candle on the menorah each of the eight nights, playing dreidel and eating special holiday foods such as potato latkes and babka.

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