Resources for your Chanukah

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Rabbi Olivier’s Chanukah Guide: Transmuting Darkness into Light

Chanukah Handout of Blessings, Dreidle, some stories, and an explanation as to why we spell Chanukah in so many different ways! (Editors Note: elsewhere on this page, I have followed the spelling of the book I was referencing.)

Family Lights Chanukah Notebook 2016 Set a spiritual intention for your family’s Chanukah experience with this notebook of exercises developed by Rabbi Olivier and Elizabeth Fagin.

Chanukah Songs and Blessings

Recipes for Chanukah:

Vegan Chanukah Recipes

Sephardic Chanukah Recipes

MyJewishLearning (traditional recipes)

Low-carb Chanukah Recipes

Chanukah Books For Children:

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The Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story; Lemony Snicket

Thescreaminglatke Latke Who Couldn’t Stop Screaming: A Christmas Story is a children’s book written by Lemony Snicket and illustrated by Lisa Brown. An irate latke at Chanukah escapes from being cooked in a hot frying pan.  Ages 2 – 8



Sammy Spider

Sammy Spider’s First Hanukkah; Sylvia Rouss

Kids and parents all love the loveable Sammy. Sammy (and his wise mother) learn all about Hanukkah while “hanging” around the home of his friend Josh, and the rest of the Shapiro Family. Eight year olds may find the Sammy Spider books a little too young for them.   Ages 4 – 8



Sammy Spider’s First Taste of Hanukkah: A Cookbook; Sylvia Rouss

Sammy Spider CookbookSammy and his human friend Josh present a delightful collection of kid friendly recipes, and Hanukkah crafts. Kids older than 8 may still find the recipes and crafts fun. The book includes a list of rules for working in the kitchen. Unfortunalty one of them is to turn your head if you have to cough or sneeze, rather than the correct method of covering your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow. Oh well, good teaching moment to show kids that it is always good to question what you read.   Ages 4 – 8


Biscuits ChanukahBiscuit’s Hanukkah; Alyssa Satin Capucilli

In this delightful board book, Biscuit learns about the customs of Hanukkah. along with the adorable illustrations, there are opportunities for kids to participate in the reading by woofing, counting, and giggling.  Ages 1 – 4


The Ziz and the Hanukkah Miracle; Jacqueline Jules

Ziz and the Hanukah MiracleThe Ziz is a giant bird, brightly colored and learning all about the world. He often has trouble getting along, or understanding things, so frequently flies to Mount Sinai to have a chat with God. Ziz’s Hannukkah story is a lesson in sharing. Kids just love Ziz! He is huge, funny looking, and often misbehaving. What’s not to love?   Ages 4 – 8




Oskar and the Eight Blessings; Tanya Simon & Richard Simon

OskarIn 1938, on the day that is both the seventh day of Hanukkah and Christmas Eve, Oskar searches the length of Manhattan searching for an aunt he has never met. Each act of kindness and warmth he encounters welcomes him to a new city and a new life. This a beautifully illustrated book of joy and blessing, but set against the background of Kristallnacht. The horrors of Kristallnacht are gently alluded to in the beginning, but not referenced again, leaving parents free to share the story in an age-appropriate way.  Ages 4 – 10 (maybe older)


Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins; Eric A. Kimmel

HeschelThis Caldecott Honor classic should be on everyone’s shelf. The story is engaging, the illustrations are delightful and it has become an important Hanukkah classic in many homes. What I love the most about this book is that it tells a story that beautifully frames the themes and values of Hanukkah but is not yet another retelling of the original military/spiritual history. That and the fact that whoever is reading it gets to do so in many funny voices. Really works for all ages.

Books for Adults:

8 night meditiationsEight Lights: 8 Meditations for Chanukah; DovBer Pinson

Rabbi DovBer Pinson is a well-respected teacher of Kabbalah and Jewish Spirituality. His book gives us a deeper understanding of the meaning and messages of Chanukah. There are eight meditations to help guide you through your Chanukah experience.


Eight nightsChanukah: Eight Nights of Light, Eight Gifts for the Soul; Shimon Apisdorf

Shimon Apisdorf helps us peel away the outer layers (wrapping paper) of Chanukah to reveal the rich spiritual core that is the gift of Chanukah. Through the lens of history, themes, traditions and prayers he leads the reader through a discovery of learning and connection.


waskowSeasons of Our Joy: A Modern Guide to the Jewish Holidays; 

Rabbi Arthur O. Waskow

Rabbi Waskow’s book is a spiritual treasure trove for all of the Jewish Holidays, providing rituals, recipes, songs, prayers and new approaches to each observance. A great book to keep on hand as we travel the circle of the Jewish year. And – lucky us! Rabbi Waskow and his wife Rabbi Phyllis Berman will be our Scholars-in-Residence for our 2016 BALI event the weekend of May 20 – 22, 2016







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