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BZBI's Eight Weeks of Hanukkah
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BZBI’s Eight Weeks of Hanukkah

December 17 2020, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for the Eight Weeks of Hanukkah leading to the BZBI Volunteer Appreciation Party on Thursday, December 17 at 5:30 PM, during the seventh night of the holiday.


The Eight Weeks

Week One – October 28 – December 3

Extend the ruach of the High Holidays all the way through Hanukkah this year. Join us in turning 2020 around, by nominating one or more volunteers to become celebrated Macabees who will be honored with a slide show during the Volunteer Appreciation party. Nominate Maccabees here.

Week Two – November 1 – 7

To get you in the mood for a festive holiday – and reduce the stress of current events – let’s start the first week of Hanukkah by setting aside a small amount of money each week to give a gift to those in need. If you don’t have a tzedakah box, put aside a weekly donation in a recycled soup can or mayonnaise jar.  (Before Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday afternoon is the perfect time!) On the fifth night of Hanukkah making a difference by donating the money to BZBI or another charity of your choice.

Week Three – November 8 – 14

Study Talmud, Shabbat 21b with a friend. One of you represents Beit Shamai and the other Beit Hillel. Discuss how to light Chanukah candles. Do you place the candles in the hanukkiah from right to left or left to right? What about lighting the candles? Do you use one shamash all eight nights, or one each night?

Week Four – November 15 – 21

Volunteer with friends and relatives to write Hanukkah cards to other BZBI members. The cards will be mailed the week before the start of the holiday (which begins on Thursday, December 10).

Week Five – November 22 – 28

Read a book. “The Mensch on the Bench,” by Neal Hoffman and Rob Foster, tells the story of Moshe the Mensch, who was in the temple when Judah and the Maccabees won the war against the Greeks. The award-winning “The Parakeet Named Dreidel” is also an all-around hit.  Consider “It’s Hanukkah!” for children two and under, “Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah” for ages 3-5, or “Nathan Blows out the Hanukkah Candles” about respecting differences, for older children.

Week Six – November 29 – December 5

Make your own Rugelach from 92 Y’s Kids in the Kitchen Parents will need to help with the cutting and taking the rugelach in and out of the oven but kids can handle the rest. (also, Blintzes)

Week Seven – December 6 – 12

Try free online games at digipuzzle.net › education › hanukkah. Practice math, timekeeping, or language!

Week Eight – December 13 – 17

Make an Edible Menorah: Bake a batch of brownies. Give each person a long, rectangular brownie. Then create your own edible menorah using treats such as licorice pieces to serve as candles, butterscotch chips as flames, marshmallow filling to glue everything together, and any other candy or treat of your choice. Try a healthier version using half of a celery stalk as a base, baby carrots as candles, raisins as flames, and peanut butter to glue everything together. OR, create a Handprint Menorah – Great for younger children, make a print with blue paint on the palm, white on the fingers, with a yellow thumbprint “flame” at the top.

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