Love and Light! Sunday, December 18th through Sunday, December 25th
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.
Kantor Family Center for Justice Holiday Toy Drive
Thursday, December 1 through Wednesday, December 21
Help us spread the holiday spirit! We are collecting unwrapped toys and gift cards for children of all ages for our toy drive. Donations will be given to JAFCO Kids, Family Promise, and Give Back Christmas Feast to ensure children throughout the community have a toy to call their own this year.
Please drop off your donations in the blue bin in CBI’s Admin Circle during the below times or bring to Latkes & Libations, any Shabbat or Chanukarama.
- Mondays: 9:30am-11:30am or 3:30pm-5:30pm
- Fridays: 9:30am-11:30am
For questions, please call the office at 561.241.8118.
SLJ Family Menorah Contest
The Annual CBI Family Menorah Contest is an opportunity for parents and children to create a Jewish keepsake. It is our hope that families will work on the menorah together, learn and have fun together and create wonderful memories.
Please drop off your menorah in the SLJ office between Wednesday, December 14 and Friday, December 16.
PJ Library Light Up Chanukah Celebration
Wednesday, December 21 at 5pm
Join Rabbi Kahn, PJ Library, and the Jewish community for a Chanukah celebration including story time, arts & crafts, candle lighting and a concert.
Friday, December 23
Dinner at 5:45pm, Service at 6:30pm
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 SLJ Menorah 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.
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.