Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrating the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE. According to legend, the Maccabees found only a small jar of oil, containing one day’s worth of oil needed for the menorah’s flame.  Miraculously, the flame continued to burn for eight full days. Chanukah 2022 begins in the evening of Sunday, December 18 and ends in the evening of Monday, December 26.

At the heart of the festival is the nightly menorah lighting. The menorah holds nine flames, one of which is the shamash (“attendant”), which is used to kindle the other eight lights. On the first night, we light just one flame. On the second night, an additional flame is lit. By the eighth night of Chanukah, all eight lights are kindled.

Check out the pictures from our pre-Chanukah party, TBS’ 2nd annual Let’s Gelt Together, took place Sunday, December 4.

Come visit the TBS booth on the JCC Community Chanukah Celebration on Thursday, December 15. Merage Jewish Community Center of Orange County, 1 Federation Way, Irvine, CA 92603

Chanukah 2022 with Temple Beth Sholom

Chanukah Shabbat Services, Dinner and Special Oneg
Friday, December 23
Dinner at 6pm
Services at 7pm
Join us for our Chanukkah Shabbat where we invite everyone to bring their own Chanukiyah (menorah for Chanukah) + 7 candles (6 plus shammash).
You can also register for a Chicken and Latke dinner. Dinner includes chicken, latkes, salad, and more for $20 per person ($12.50 child).
Following services, we have a special oneg with sufganiyot (jelly donuts).

Chanukiah Lighting at the Plaza in Orange

Everyone welcome all nights! Bring your friends and enjoy one of the many wonderful restaurants in Old Town Orange. Nightly at 6:00 we light the Menorah and Sing Songs Enjoy Jelly Donuts (jelly donut holes)
Download our Song Book here.

12/18 Brotherhood & Chavurah
12/19 ECC/Religious School including fundraiser:
Enjoy Pizza from Blaze Pizza while supporting the ECC – click here for more info.
12/20 Friends & Family
12/21 Sisterhood
12/22 Board Night
12/24 Friends & Family
12/25 Friends & Family

Please Note: Friday, December 23rd the lighting will be at Temple Beth Sholom (see above)

See you at the Plaza!

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