Happy “Thanksgivukkah”


Hanukkah starts at sundown on Wednesday, November 27, and continues through Thursday, December 5. In the United States, the second night of Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving Day, therefore the term “Thanksgivukkah”.

Hanukkah, also called Chag Urim, the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah, or “dedication,” is the eight-day celebration that commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple after the Maccabees recaptured it from the Greeks in 168 B.C.E.

In this special Thanksgivukkah page you can find:
How and when you can celebrate
Learn Hannukah History
Thanksgivukkah Recipes
Something for the Kids


Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Holiday Prep Class for LGBT Interfaith Couples, 7:30-9pm, at BCC. This workshop is sponsored by Beg Tent Judaism as part of their new LGBT Interfaith Parents Circle and is especially designed for interpartnered/intermarried LGBT couples planning to or raising Jewish children. The workshop will be facilitated by Rabbi Heather Miller. Refreshments served. This is a free educational program designed primarily for the parent who isn’t Jewish in an interfaith LGBT couple.

November 24th Hannukah Family Fun Day at the Shalom Institute in Malibu.
Shalom Institute has graciously offered to host LGBT families for free at their Family Fun Day on Nov. 24th! Go to this link and enter code: LGBT for free admission!

November 27, First Night of Hanukkah, Candle-Lighting and Singing with Cantor Porat and the BCC Choir, Third Street Promenade (between Santa Monica Blvd., and Arizona Ave ), Santa Monica, 7pm start time This is the perfect way to start Hanukkah! Join the BCC Cantor, Choir and Membership Committee for a fun evening of singing and Hanukkah fun under the giant menorah! Hanukkah in November—why not make the most of it?! Come and sing with your BCC family.

November 29th: “Thanksgivukkah” at BCC
Latke Party and Bring Your Own Dinner, especially for families with children, Hanukkah Crafts with Ms. Purple.
6:45pm Family Candle Lighting
7:00pm Song session with Rabbi Heather Miller and Cantor Juval Porat
7:30pm Candle-lighting followed by Shabbat/Hanukkah/Thanksgiving Service with Rabbi Heather and Cantor Juval Followed by a delicious Latke and Sufganiot Party! All welcome!
Hanukkah Oneg sponsored by Art Zweig in honor his birthday and of the birth of his new grandson: Noah Gilon.

The Thanksgivukkah Festival – A Huge Block Party on Pico Blvd.
Live musical performances, potential eating contests, community public art project, tree planting, pumpkin painting, dreidel spinning contest, menorah ring toss, Face painting, Maccabees games, sand art, turkey pinata with chocolate gelt, carnival games (we will be renting 10 games that need to be supervised), moon bounces.  Festival takes place on Black Friday at The Pico Union Project, 1153 Valencia Street from 11am-4pm.  Get Tickets (and more info)



Do you know the story and history of Hanukkah? Brush up on the basics and beyond. Read more »



Have your latkes and eat turkey, too, with special Thanksgivukkah recipes such as pumpkin latkes, (gluten-free!) sweet potato sufganiyot, and more. More recipes »



From making a menorah to playing dreidel, Hanukkah is a great holiday for activities with kids. Learn more »


Hanukkah Cards for Sale! It’s not too late to order beautiful Hanukkah Cards. And many are 15% off! There are beautiful designs to choose from, including customizable with a photo.  Plus a generous donation will be made to BCC with every order.  Use this link to purchase.



“Just as Hanukkah candles are lighted one by one from a single flame, so the tale of the miracle is passed from one man to another… throughout the generations.”
-Judah L. Magnes

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