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Bake your latkes this Hanukkah. You won’t regret it.

By Paula Shoyer The Nosher via JTA December 1, 2021

Everyone loves potato latkes, but no one likes the mess of frying them or the guilt associated with eating them. These latkes are baked in the oven and easily won over my kids. You do need to watch them so they don’t burn; they were done at different...

Western Wall Plaza

This Hanukkah, learn about the holiday’s forgotten heroes: Women

Alan Avery-Peck, Kraft-Hiatt Professor in Judaic Studies, College of the Holy Cross December 1, 2021

The eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah commemorates ancient Jews’ victory over the powerful Seleucid empire, which ruled much of the Middle East from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D. On the surface, it’s a story of male heroism....

The story of Theodore Roosevelts two Menorahs

The story of Theodore Roosevelt’s two Menorahs

Gabe Friedman November 27, 2021

(JTA) — President Theodore Roosevelt’s summer home was decorated with the likes of African elephant tusks, a hippo-foot inkwell and other hunting souvenirs. That’s not terribly surprising, considering the 26th president of the United States published...

The White House planning a Hanukkah party

The White House planning a Hanukkah party

November 24, 2021

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Biden White House is planning an in-person Hanukkah party for next week, although the details are still tentative. There were concerns about in-person Hanukkah and Christmas events because of the continued coronavirus threat,...

Cinnamon-sugar fried dough churros for Hanukkah

Cinnamon-sugar fried dough churros for Hanukkah

November 24, 2021

Makes about 16 churros Churros, another of the many desserts we inherited from the Spanish, are a popular nighttime treat, served with Mexican hot chocolate. When I was growing up in Mexico City, churros were sold plain and simply dusted with sugar,...

Jewish a capella greats Six13 release new Hanukkah video

Jewish a capella greats Six13 release new Hanukkah video

November 24, 2021

With Hanukkah right around the corner, starting Nov. 28, Jewish a capella greats Six13 release Hanukkah video: “West Side Chanukah Story,” a riff off of Steven Spielberg’s reimagining of “West Side Story,” opening Dec. 10.   One...

This Hanukkah, let’s take a lesson from Thanksgiving

This Hanukkah, let’s take a lesson from Thanksgiving

Susan Kemppainen, Special to the Jewish Light November 24, 2021

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah both arrive around the same time this year, and it has made me consider the difference between being grateful for what we have versus craving the things we want. After all, Thanksgiving is a holiday devoted to the concept of...

Massasoit ( leader of the Wampanoag) and governor John Carver smoking a peace pipe.

Thanksgiving and Hanukkah share stories of resistance

Mahrinah Shije November 23, 2021

“This story was originally published on November 22nd by the Forward. Sign up here to get the latest stories from the Forward delivered to you each morning.” Thanksgiving and Hanukkah share stories of resistance This week, families...

This unique Hanukkah program celebrates a world of Jewish miracles

This unique Hanukkah program celebrates a world of Jewish miracles

November 22, 2021

Ten years ago, Illya Buzunov never could have imagined that one day he’d be teaching Jews around the world how to prepare potato latkes.  Until 2014, the Ukraine native didn’t even know he was Jewish.  But that’s exactly what...

Hungarian Chocolate and Poppyseed Kokosh (Michael Kahn)

These Hanukkah treats are worth your time

Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light November 21, 2021

Move over latkes and sufganiyot—make room for shlishkas and kokosh. Not familiar with these Hungarian Hanukkah treats? Neither was I. These Hanukkah treats are worth your time. As I continue my research of our rich Jewish food heritage, I am...

Workers at the site of the excavation in the Lachish Forest. (Emil Aladjem, Israel Antiquities Authority)

Ruins of a Hellenistic fortress show ‘tangible evidence’ of Hanukkah story, Israeli archaeologists say

Shira Hanau, JTA November 20, 2021

(JTA) — Archaeologists excavating a 2,100-year-old fortress say it provides “tangible evidence” of the events from the Hanukkah story. The site, located west of Hebron in the Lachish Forest, includes remnants of a fortress made of stone and wood...

Free holiday kits available to college students in advance of Hanukkah

Free holiday kits available to college students in advance of Hanukkah

November 19, 2021

With the approach of Hanukkah, Chabad on Campus is offering every student in St. Louis a free Hanukkah kit full of holiday goodies, including a small tin menorah, candles, a dreidel, along with a guide and chocolate gelt coins. Students are requested...

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