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Channukah Harry Shabbat

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Posted by Lindsay R

    Program HostChapter
    Host Region and ChapterNorth Texas Oklahoma
    Jennie Zesmer
    Program TypeHavdalah
    Jewish Holiday
    Time RequiredLess then 2 hours
    Target Population(s)Girls (BBG)
    Folds Targeted
    Jewish Heritage
    People Participating10-30

    Program Summary:

    This Shabbat is meant to be fun and educational.  We will learn about all of the traditions that make holidays what they are and will finish with a white elephant gift exchange.

    Full Description:

    7:00-people arrive

    7:15-Welcome to Chanukah Harry Shabbat! The Hebrew word Chanukah is translated to “rededication” because of when the Maccabees rededicated the Holy Temple after their victory over the Greeks. The theme of tonight’s service is rededicating ourselves to appreciating our freedom to live our lives how we please.
    I know most of you know the story of Chanukah, but since it’s just in a few days I’m going to tell it. The Jews were greatly outnumbered in their army known as the “Maccabees” and they were fighting against the Greeks who were forcing a Hellenistic G-dless lifestyle on them. Lighting a Menorah was part of the service in the Holy Temple and when the Maccabees liberated the Temple from the Greeks, they only found a small jar of oil, enough to light the Menorah for maybe one day. It would have taken eight days for a messenger to go and return from getting oil. Yet, miraculously, the small quantity of oil burned for eight days and nights.
    There are many misconceptions of what the war was truly about, but what is important to take away is that the Jews were truly fighting for their freedom to practice Judaism, and to learn and teach the values of the Torah. We are told to put the Menorah in an open space or near a window after it is lit and this publicity shows the world that we’re not hiding anything. It’s really easy to take religious freedom for granted, I mean even wearing a Star of David or Chamsa necklace in public is practicing Judaism freely and I don’t think most of us actually consider that before putting on a necklace. But more importantly, wearing your BBG pin and calling yourself a B’nai Brith Girl is the best example of practicing Judaism freely. Excitedly chanting the “Identity Identity” cheer doesn’t only mean that you’re a dedicated BBG, if you dig deeper, you’re also saying you’re proud to be a young Jewish woman.
    And with that, we will light the candles

    Candle lighting
    Chatzi Kaddish
    Rise for the Barchu


    Since Chanukah is actually a rabbinic holiday, meaning it’s not written in the Torah, there are so many different interpretations and commentary of what Chanukah is suppose to mean. To me, retelling the miracle of Chanukah makes helps me appreciate how many times we have been able to defend ourselves from enemies much bigger than ourselves. Here we are, where we have the freedom to be a B’nai Brith Girl with pride. I hope we can use the opportunity of Chanukah to rededicate ourselves to appreciating our freedoms to live our lives how we please.
    Please rise for the Amidah

    Amidah (Adonai S’fatai Tiftach, Avot V’imahot, G’vurot)
    Shalom Rav

    I really liked this quote from an anonymous source, “The holiday of Chanukah is a time that reminds us, both literally and figuratively, that in times of darkness, the illumination of just one light can have effects far and wide.”
    I think everyone can agree that Debbie Freedman’s music is a great example of a light that has shines on our generation far and wide

    Debbie Freedman’s Mi Sheberach

    Morner’s Kaddish-stand if it is your custom or if not then I suggest standing for the 6 million
    Adon Olam (Chanukah tune)

    Script for Conclusion: (End with blessing the challah and then Kiddush)

    While we appreciate the deeper meaning of Chanukah, one of the most fun parts of Chanukah is receiving gifts. Each one of y’all will pick a piece of paper with an answer on it, out of a hat. I’ll pick questions about Chanukah out of a separate hat. If you have the answer to the question, then it’s your turn.

    •    After I read a question, the person with the correct answer will pick a gift from the pile of presents
    •    On the first turn, the guest with first correct answer paper will choose a gift, open it, and everyone will see it. On the second turn, the girl with the second correct answer gets the choice of "stealing" any unwrapped gift (#1's) or choosing a wrapped one. If #2 steals #1's gift, then #1 must open a wrapped gift. On the third turn, the girl with the third correct answer gets the choice of "stealing" any unwrapped gift (#1's or #2's) or choosing a wrapped one.


    1. If a gift is stolen from you, you can steal a gift (within limits, described below), or open a wrapped one
    2. The turn proceeds until a wrapped gift is chosen
    3. A gift cannot be immediately stolen back from the guest who just stole it
    4. A gift can only be stolen three times; the fourth owner keeps the gift
    5. "Owners" of "live" gifts must keep them visible and hold them up when requested.


    What did John Stewart call Chanukah? Ccchhhhow come I can’t celebrate Christmas?

    Where will most of us be on the first night of Chanukah? Regionals!

    What is the Hebrew date of Chanukah? 25th of Kislev (כסלו)

    How many candles does it take to celebrate Chanukah in total? 44

    I have a little dreidel, I made it out of  “_ _ _ _”  Clay

    What is the best chapter in NTO? ZESMER. DUH.

    What is the key ingredient of traditional Chanukah foods? Oil

    What is the most traditional Chanukah gift? Gelt

    What was the name of the Jewish army fighting the Greeks? Macabees

    What is Chanukah translated to in English? Rededication

    What is the large middle candle in the Menorah called? Shamash (used to light the other candles)

    What are the four letters on the dreidel? NUN, GIMEL, HAY, SHIN (ש,ה,ג,נ)

    How many ways can Chanukah be correctly spelled? 17 (Chanuccah, Channuka, Channukah, Chanuka, Chanukkah, Chanuko, Hannuka, Hannukah, Hanuka, Hanukkah, Hanukka, Hannukka, Kanukkah, Khannuka, Khannukah, Khanukkah, Khanukkah)

    Which direction do you light the menorah? Left to Right

    How is the Dreidel different in America and Israel? In America the letters are nun, gimel, hay, shin (ש,ה,ג,נ) which stand for Nes Gadol Hayah Shem, meaning “A Great Miracle Happened There.” In Israel the letters are nun, gimel, hay, pei (פ,ה,ג,נ) which stand for Nes Gadol Hayah Poh, meaning “A Miracle Happened Here.”

    Why do we have the tradition of placing the lit menorah near a window? So that people driving/walking by will be illuminated, or reminded of the miracle that happened on Chanukah

    Who led the Macabees? An army of the four sons of Mattathias the Cohen

    What blessing is recited only the first night of Chanukah? The Shehecheyanu

    Which well known candy company makes the familiar gold wrapped chocolate Chanukah gelt? Elite Chocolate

    What is the name of the traditional jelly doughnut? Sufganiyot (סופגניות)

    If a player spins the dreidal and it lands on hay (ה) then how much of the pot of gelt does he/she get? Halfsies

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