Join us for the Hanukkah celebration, hosted by Multi-Faith Chaplaincy in Witham House on Thursday 2 December between 4 – 6.30 pm. Attendees can light a candle, enjoy Hanukkah treats and games, and learn about this Jewish tradition.
All staff, students and alumni are welcome and if you are planning to attend please register on the link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hanukkah-party-tickets-217939050567
Rabbi Anna Poster, Jewish Chaplain, will also be available on Zoom for any students who want to access support.
We encourage all of our community to enjoy Hanukkah, and festivities include playing the dreidel and eating oil-based foods – latkes and sufganivot (filled doughnuts).
Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is observed for eight nights and days starting on the 25th day of Kislev – late November to late December. It is observed by lighting candles on a Menorah. One candle is above or below the rest and is used to light the other candles – this is known as the shamash. Each night one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all 8 candles are lit together on the final night of Hanukkah.
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Rabbi Anna Posner, Jewish Chaplain
Hanukkah is a Jewish festival commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The Maccabees successfully rebelled against Antiochus IV Epiphanes. The Temple was purified and the wicks of the Menorah miraculously burned for eight days even though there was only enough oil to burn for one day. Menorah lightings are now seen in open public places in many countries.