Portland, OR. Chanukah begins Sat. night, Dec. 24, 2016 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.
4:00PM – 8:00PM
P’nai Or of Portland: Jewish Renewal
9750 SW Terwilliger
P’nai Or Chanukah Party with Special Guests: Michelle Alany and the Mystics playing klezmer, sephardic and original…
5:30PM – 7:30PM
Esther Short Park & Hilton Hotel Vancouver
W 6th St. & Columbia St.
Vancouver, WA 98660
Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony & Fire Performance by Flamebuoyant Productions at Esther Short Park
11:00AM – 12:00PM
Green Bean Books
1600 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
Join PJ Library and Green Bean Books for our annual story time with local author, Eric Kimmel!
6:00PM – 10:00PM
1 N Center Ct St
Portland, OR 97227
The Portland Trail Blazers and Chabad of Oregon are excited to once again host a Jewish Heritage Night this December…
7:00PM – 8:30PM
Havurah Shalom: Reconstructionist
825 NW 18th Ave
Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.
The Hebrew word Chanukah means “dedication,” and is thus named because it celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple (as you’ll read below). Also spelled Hanukkah (or variations of that spelling), the Hebrew word is actually pronounced with a guttural, “kh” sound, kha-nu-kah, not tcha-new-kah.
What Chanukah Commemorates
In the second century BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance and belief in G‑d. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G‑d.
When they sought to light the Temple’s Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks. Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.
To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Chanukah.