REDDING, Conn. – Hanukkah 2012 begins at sunset Saturday and continues through Dec. 16 with events throughout the holiday being celebrated at Temple B’nai Chaim in Georgetown.
Festivities start with the Parent Teacher Organization Book Fair from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday when books, Hanukkah candles, dreidels and other Hanukkah supplies will be on sale in the old sanctuary.
A Hanukkah celebration and art exhibit takes place at 6:30 p.m. Friday, where families will enjoy a pot luck dinner, sing holiday songs, play dreidel and view Hanukkah art created by children in the religious school.
A Hanukkah party for the Senior Youth Group takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16.
Rabbi Molly Karp, the education director at Temple B’nai Chaim, said congregants celebrate Hanukkah by lighting candles each evening, increasing the number of candles lit each night.
“Blessings are said with the menorah, we sing traditional songs and eat fried foods, latkes in America and jelly donuts in Israel. We eat fried foods because of the miracle of oil, when the Maccabees one day supply lasted for eight days,” she said.
When asked if the story of Hanukkah has any special meaning in 2012, Rabbi Karp said, “The meaning doesn’t really change from year to year. It’s a timeless message about religious freedom and shedding light where there is darkness.”