Instead of going to the store and buying the same, old familiar Chanukah cards to send to friends, here’s a great one to make yourself. You Will Need: family photographs that can be cut scissors crayons, markers or colored pencils access to a photocopy machine (preferably one that makes color copies) Directions: Begin by asking… Read More
Fold napkins in half, then cut in the shape of a dreidel. Instead of exchanging gifts (which, after all, has nothing to do with the holiday), learn about, then donate to a different charity each evening. See who can create the silliest pretend latke using items around the house. Anything is up for grabs: yellow… Read More
Eight Nights Eight Lights: Family Values for Each Night of Chanukah – Olitzky, Kerry Hanukef: Book and Cassette Together: A Child-Parent Kit: Hanukkah A Hanukkiyah for Dina – Cohen, Floreva (In both Hebrew and English) Let’s Sing Chanukah songs – Book and Cassette – Sulkin, Adi Chanukah in Chelm – Adler, David A. It’s Chanukah… Read More
You played it when you were little. Your children played it. Your grandchildren will play it. Your great-grandchildren will play it … Yes, it’s great to have a rousing evening of that familiar nun, hey, gimmel, dalet game. But can’t somebody come up with something a little different? You can.
Chanukah, the Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the festival of lights, is an eight day festival beginning on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev. Chanukah is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays, not because of any great religious significance, but because of its proximity to Christmas. Many non-Jews… Read More
Nothing pleases cookie lovers of all ages more than fresh-from-the-oven homemade cookies and brownies. Holidays often bring to mind American standbys from the past such as gingersnaps and shortnin’ bread. But it’s the old-world international recipes that were brought here by our European ancestors that have become today’s American favorites.
This year I wanted to really give my annual Chanukah bash a global touch. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to have relatives and friends share the delicious holiday recipes and traditions of their ethnic backgrounds.
History tells us that after the Maccabees defeated King Antiochus’ army, a great celebration ensued. The Temple in Jerusalem was liberated and restored, and men and women alike sang songs and made sacrifices. It was indeed a joyous affair.
Jews eat potatoes in everything. There’s cholent, potato kugel and potato knishes. There’s even tzimmes. However, the absolute most perfect use of potatoes, better even than French fries, is to turn them into potato pancakes — latkes, which have crunchy mahogany edges, crispy golden midsections and tender, rich, meaty interiors.