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Channukah in July (in August!)

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Program HostChapter
Host Region and ChapterOhio Northern
Exodus AZA
Program TypeAleph-in-Training (AIT)
Community Service
Jewish Holiday
Time Required2-5 hours
Target Population(s)Boys (AZA)
Prospective Members
Teen Leaders
8th Graders
Folds TargetedAthletic
Community Service/Social Activism

People Participating10-30

Program Summary:

A very fun program to do in the middle of the summer, Channukah in July is a Five Fold, all-encompassing program to have.

Full Description:

Time needed: Three and a half hours
Supplies: Dreidel, channukiah, Channukah candles, peanut butter, jelly, bread, sandwich bags, lunch bags, bags of chips, water/juice boxes, knives, spoons, Eight Crazy Nights.

Before the program, members were told to bring a funny gift under $5 for a gift exchange. If they didn't bring one, they wouldn't get one.

At the start of the program, we lit the candles and said the Channukah prayers. Afterwards, everyone was given a minute or two to trade gifts with people. We then got in a circle for a dreidel gift exchange. I volunteered to put my gift in the middle to start and each person got a turn to spin the dreidel. If they got a nun, they kept their gift. A shin meant they switched with the gift in the middle, while a hay allowed you to trade with someone next to you. A gimmel gave you the option to trade with the middle or keep your gift.

Once the gift exchange ended, we made about 45 bagged lunches to donate to an organization that would give them to the hungry. Our lunches consisted of PB&J, a bag of chips, and a juice box. After the lunches were finished, our Shaliach educated the chapter, telling members how the Maccabees were the underdogs against the Syrians and playing dreidel was actually covering up preparation for war. We then went on to say how Jews are still underdogs. We continued by telling a story we were told. If you ask Lynn Schusterman why she donated so much money to make BBYO independent, she will tell you that it is so Jewish boys and girls can meet and make Jewish babies.

To show this underdog fight, we played dodgeball. At the end of each round, the winning team spun the dreidel. A nun meant nothing changes, shin meant the other team started the next round with 2 more balls, hay meant half the players of the losing team went to the winning team, and gimmel meant the winning team started with all the balls. This should go on for a couple rounds.

To end the program, we watched Eight Crazy Nights and hung out.

Submitter's Suggestions:

Keeping people engaged in the dodgeball game can be kind of difficult. Also, the gift exchange is a bit harder to get done in a larger group. Lastly, people may end up talking to each other during the bagged lunches and nobody would be making the lunches.