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VIRTUAL: An Introduction To Hanukkah

VIRTUAL: An Introduction To Hanukkah

The Reading Public Library is excited to partner with Tewksbury Public Library and other Massachusetts public libraries for a virtual program about Hanukkah on Thursday, December 15 at 7pm on Zoom.


Join us to learn about Hanukkah -- a fun-filled eight-day festival celebrated by people all around the world who practice the Jewish faith -- in this presentation from the Lappin Foundation. Hanukkah is a holiday honoring the Maccabees's victory over King Antiochus, who forbade Jews to practice their religion. It is celebrated on the 25th day of Kislev (the ninth month of the Hebrew calendar), which is generally in late November to mid-December. For eight nights, candles are lit in a menorah, a candelabrum with spaces for nine candles -- one for each night plus a helper candle called the shamash. On each night, one more candle is added and lit. During the lighting, people recite special blessings and prayers. Families also play games, sing songs, and exchange gifts during the celebration.


The Lappin Foundation is a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization that provides exciting programs for children, teens and adults that spark an interest in Jewish living and learning, as well as foster positive relationships through education with individuals of all faiths. The Foundation’s core mission is to enhance Jewish identity across generations. Learn more about the Foundation HERE.


Register directly on Zoom at this link. Registrants will receive a link to access the Zoom Meeting via email. This program will be recorded, so even if you can't make it, please sign up to receive the recording after the program!

Thursday, December 15, 2022
7:00pm - 8:00pm
  All Ages  
  Classes & Workshops     Virtual Events  

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