Hanukkah, meaning "dedication" in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "re-dedication" of the Temple in Jerusalem. The modern home celebration of Hanukkah centers around the lighting of the chanukiah, a special menorah for Haunkkah; unique foods, latkes and jelly doughnuts; and special songs and games.
At Central Synagogue, Hanukkah is a community celebration! We gather together with our friends from neighboring synagogues for a community candle lighting ceremony. At Erev Shabbat services during Hanukkah, the congregation is invited to bring their own menorahs and all are lit together.