Hanukkah is the eight-day Jewish winter celeration. For Humanistic Jews, Hanukkah is a tribute to human power and courage. Judah Maccabee was a man who was willing to fight for what he believed, although like his enemy Antiochus Epiphanes, he was a religious zealot who denied freedom of worship to those who opposed him. Despite this, his example of bravery and authenticity motivates us to seize control of our lives and take our future into our own hands. We choose how we shall live, seeking to behave courageously and to preserve our integrity. For Humanistic Jews, Hanukkah is an endorsement of human strength and ingenuity, of hope and bravery.
CHJ loves Hanukkah so much that we celebrate it twice! Once with a party at Sunday School and another with a party for adult members on a weekend evening. The Sunday School Hanukkah party is well-loved for its meaningful service wit h songs and candle lighting, as well as student performances, crafts & games, and lots of latkes! The adult Hanukkah party has its own traditions of food and games, notably the White Elephant Gift Exchange.
CHJ Sunday School Hanukkah service.