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Hanukkah, the “Festival of Lights,” celebrates the victory of a brave band of Jewish fighters, known as the Maccabees, over their foes. Hanukkah is a time for us all to remember to treasure our Judaism and a reminder of our responsibility to create a world where all are free to practice their religion in peace.

At CBE, we love celebrating this holiday together. During the Shabbat of Hanukkah, we invite everyone to bring their menorah to the sanctuary as we light the candles together as a community. It is a beautiful evening.  Additional Hanukkah programs include the “Maccabiah” games, run by our religious school, and a holiday bazaar. Of course, we always make time for latkes and sufganiyot!

Learn more about Hanukkah!


One candle is added to the menorah each night. The first night, you light only the shammus (usually the the highest candle) and one Chanukkah candle. By the eighth night, you light all of the candles.
Candles should be added to the menorah from right to left (like Hebrew writing). The shammus candle is lit first.
While holding the shammus candle, recite the following blessings.
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam asher kidishanu b'mitz'votav v'tzivanu l'had'lik neir shel Chanukah. (Amein)
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe
Who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us to light the lights of Chanukkah. (Amen)
Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha'olam
she'asah nisim la'avoteinu bayamim haheim baziman hazeh. (Amein)
Blessed are you, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe Who performed miracles for our ancestors in those days at this time. (Amen)
Tue, June 18 2024 12 Sivan 5784