Love and Light! Sunday, November 28th through Monday, December 6th
From Menorah Contests and Sufganiyot to Candle Lighting and Latkes & Libations, create Chanukah memories with your CBI Family!
Scroll down to find out our Chanukah "ch"appenings.
Delray Beach Candle Lighting with CBI's 2020/2021 Junior Choir
Sunday, November 28 at 5:30pm
Old School Square
Gather around for the majesty and tradition as we light the first Chanukah candle together as a community. The celebration takes place at Old School Square on November 28th, will be hosted by City Commissioners and local Rabbis and will feature CBI's Junior Choir. Take part in the Festival of Lights and enjoy traditional holiday treats like latkes and sufganiyot, kids' arts and crafts, dreidels, and Chanukah gelt.
CBI Executive Board Virtual Candle Lighting
Wednesday, December 1 at 6:30pm
Join us on the 4th night of Chanukah as our CBI Executive Board lights the candles.
Friday, December 3 at 6:15pm
Pollock Family Courtyard
Join us on the 6th night of Chanukah for our family-friendly Chanukah Shabbat celebration! Let’s celebrate together with latkes under the stars. We will announce the winners of our CBI Menorah Design Contest and light our menorahs together.
Ner Shel Tzedakah
The 6th night of Chanukah is devoted to learning about poverty. Ner Shel Tzedakah means the “candle of righteousness”. Please bring an unwrapped toy or gift card for our holiday toy drive. By making donations on this night, you will help our candle of righteousness glow brightly for those in need.
SLJ's Menorah Design Contest
Let your imagination run wild and design and build a unique menorah with your family! Work together to create a family keepsake and then join us for Chanukah Shabbat to showcase your menorah.
The deadline to submit your menorah to the school office is November 30th at 7 pm. The 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be announced at Chanukah Shabbat on Friday, December 3.
This event is open to all CBI members and families. Everyone who enters will win a prize!
To coordinate your Menorah drop off and for questions, please call Sara Schenkman in the school office 561.241.1484 or email email@example.com.
How to Play Dreidel
A favorite Chanukah activity is playing dreidel with friends and family. Legend attributes this custom to Jews during the time of the Hanukkah story who would grab a dreidel and start to play if Syrian soldiers entered the house during Torah study or prayer. Four Hebrew letters — nun, gimel, hey, and shin — adorn the sides of the dreidel; they represent the words nes gadol hayah sham, meaning “a great miracle happened there.” If you don’t know how to play this family-favorite, click below for a video tutorial.
Lighting the Candles
The lighting of Chanukah candles goes according to a specific order and has blessings that accompany it.
On the first of Chanukah’s eight nights, only two candles are placed in the menorah: the shammash, or “helper” candle, which has its own designated spot (usually in the center), and another candle. Each night, another candle is added so that on the eighth and final night of Chanukah, nine candles (the shammas plus eight others) are lit.
The candles are placed in the menorah from right to left (just as Hebrew is written), but are lit from left to right. The shammash candle is always the first one lit and is used to light the others, starting with the left-most one.
Before lighting the candles (but after placing them in the menorah), we recite the blessings. Click below to download a printable PDF of them.