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Here at B'nai Amoona, we have an "illuminating" Chanukah lineup of events for all ages! This year, our schedule includes programs both on and off our BA campus. Please be sure to note the locations of each event. Additionally, please be sure to register for the events that require an RSVP and review our Updated Health & Safety Protocols. Please let us know if you have any questions!

Our Chanukah "Shamash Candle" Sponsor, lighting the way for our magnificent BA Chanukah events, is the Ellenhorn Family. Todah Rabbah!

What is

Chanukah, which is the Hebrew word for Dedication, is the Jewish Festival of Lights. Chanukah celebrates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. As it is a Hebrew word, the transliteration can be spelled in many different ways (Hanukkah, Chanukah, etc).

In the 160s B.C.E., King Antiochus IV forced the Jewish people to worship Greek gods in the Temple and outlawed Jewish practices. A very small army of Jews known as the Maccabees, who were tremendously outnumbered, were led by Judah Maccabee to fight against King Antiochus IV and the Seluicid (Syrian-Greek) government. The Maccabees successfully defeated King Antiochus and the Maccabees were able to reclaim the Temple and rededicate it to God.  The Jewish people did not have an opportunity to celebrate the eight day holiday of Sukkot during the war with the Greeks, so they decided to create and celebrate an eight day holiday to commemorate the Maccabees miraculous victory that winter, beginning on the 25th of Kislev in the Jewish calendar (winter time).

Rebuilding the Temple including lighting the Menorah. According to the rabbis in the Talmud around 600 C.E (almost 800 years after the original story), nearly all of the olive oil was destroyed except just a small amount that would only last one night, but miraculously, the olive oil continued to burn for eight nights. This is why we light our Chanukah candles for eight nights.

Today, Chanukah continues to be a beloved holiday with many celebrations taking place in the home, in the community and at Shul. Common Chanukah get-togethers may include playing the game of Dreidel (a game the Jews played while under Greek rule so the Greeks would not know they were studying Torah), eating Latkes (potato pancakes) and Sufganiyot (jelly donuts) and of course, lighting the Chanukiyah (Chanukah Menorah).

BA Gives Back

B'nai Amoona is once again teaming up with the Carver House to help ensure families in the St. Louis area have all they need this holiday and winter season. 

Help us to help them by purchasing items off of the Carver House Wishlist. Todah Rabbah for your generous giving! 

Be sure to use our BA mailing address and we will send items to the Carver House community.

Carver House Wishlist Link:
Shipping Address: Carver House c/o Liessa Alperin, 324 South Mason Road, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Support the LRECC This Chanukah

One common question we get year round (but especially during Chanukah) is, "How can I show my appreciation to the LRECC teachers and staff?" To help answer this question, we've created a handy wishlist that you are invited to view and choose to make purchases.  Additionally, tributes and donations are always greatly appreciated by the LRECC community.

The support of our families and community means the world!

Night Five: Chanukah Happy Hour for Individuals 30ish-50ish
Thursday, December 2 Beginning at 7:30 pm

A grown-up wine and cheese Chanukah celebration full of good eats, good conversation and a white elephant gift exchange.

Todah Rabbah to Rachel Armoza who will be preparing our delicious appetizers and desserts and to an anonymous donor who is generously sponsoring this event.

Online registration is required, please click HERE to register.

Night Six: EKS Dreidel Spinoff!
Friday, December 3 from 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm

All the fun usually packed into our EKS Services with a Chanukah spin! A Dreidel spin that is! We will join together in the Main Sanctuary on the upper and lower Bimah for  this festive Service full of Chanukah fun!

Online registration is required, please click HERE to register.

Night Seven: Tribe MeCA Chanukah & Havdallah
Saturday Night, December 4 from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Gather 'round the fire pit for a meaningful Chanukah and Havdallah! We will enjoy welcoming the new week together and lighting the Seventh Night candles. Chef Jon is preparing an incredible lineup of heavy hors d'oeuvres and drinks. This event will take place indoors and outside - it is NOT to be missed!

Online registration is required, please click HERE to register.

Night Eight: Cones, Cocoa & Candles
Sunday, December 5 with time slots from 3:00 - 5:15 pm

A Sweet Chanukah treat is in store for the eighth night! We'll enjoy Chanukah inspired ice cream from Clementine's Naughty & Nice Creamery and hot cocoa at the Town Square Pavilion in Town and Country, Missouri and light the final candle with our special guest, Louie, the mascot for the St. Louis Blues. This event is co-sponsored by PJ Library. 

Forty-Five minute time slots begin at 3:00 pm. Registration is now closed for this event.

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Thu, December 9 2021 5 Tevet 5782