Chanukah – the eight-day festival of light – celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, of spirituality over materiality.
Over twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who sought to force their practices onto the people of Israel. Against all odds, a small band of Jews known as the Maccabees defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, reclaiming the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicating it to the service of God.
The word Chanukah means “rededication” and celebrating the holiday provides each of us the opportunity to rededicate ourselves to Jewish values, tradition and practice.
Chanukah begins at sundown on Saturday 24 December. On Friday 30 December join us from 5.30pm for a series of family-friendly Chanukah activities, followed by a festive Chanukah Service. Everyone is invited to bring along their own chanukiyah and join in the celebration.
Listen to the first blessing of Chanukah:
Listen to the second blessing of Chanukah:
Listen to the third blessing of Chanukah:
Listen to Maoz Tsur: