Siberian Synagogue Has 10-Foot Menorah Made of Ice

  BY CNAAN LIPHSHIZ (JTA) — A synagogue in Tomsk, a Siberian city in Russia, has unveiled a giant Hanukkah menorah made of ice. The 10-foot menorah was erected Tuesday inside the synagogue...

Shoot Jelly Doughnuts With Hanukkah Goblins While the Candles Are Burning

(J., The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — Here’s something to do during the long nights of Hanukkah under lockdown — become a goblin with a jelly doughnut launcher. That’s...

World Zionist Organization Builds Community for Chanukah

To brighten spirits amid the COVID-19 pandemic this Hanukkah, the World Zionist Organization is spearheading an online project to bring people together virtually during the eight-day “Festival of Lights,”...

Our Gift to You: Hanukkah Food Hacks

BY LAUREN MANAKER  This article originally appeared in Kveller. As the Festival of Lights approaches, you might frying latkes and making applesauce in your dreams. The food is delicious and everyone is content and full, and above all, the...

OU Launches Chanukah Programming

With large in-person Chanukah gatherings put on hold due to the pandemic, various divisions of the Orthodox Union, the nation’s oldest and largest umbrella organization for the North American...

Manischewitz, PJ Library Invite Families to Build Sweet Holiday Tradition

  As one of the world’s most iconic names in traditional kosher products, Manischewitz has been front and center in America’s kosher community for generations. This fall, an exciting Manischewitz product...

Sukkot Brings Its Own Social Distancing Issues

(JTA) — Sukkot, the harvest festival that Jews celebrate each fall, would seem to be designed for the COVID-19 pandemic. After all, it’s typically observed outdoors in temporary structures,...

COVID, Sukkot Highlight Our Struggle With Vulnerability

By Lisa Septimus Sukkot was less than a week away, and we still didn’t have decisions on some possible programs. “It’s too early to make a decision,” said one shul...

Do You Have Faith in Hashem?

By Mark Dubin This is a true story. It was not unusual for our phone to ring when a Shabbos or a yom tov ends. My wife, Sherry, picked up...

NYS Issues Guidance for High Holiday Services

BY SHIRA HANAU (JTA) – Worshippers at services should be 12 feet apart from one another when singing. Sukkahs can be considered outdoor environments, though distancing should be maintained and ventilation...
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