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12 Facts About Hanukkah You Probably Didn't Know

Celebrating-Judaism - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:00am
This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Hanukkah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 

 

by LEAH SILVERMAN for Town & Country Magazine



Everything you need to know about the Festival of Lights.


1. What is Hanukkah? The word Hanukkah means "dedication."

The holiday commemorates the triumph of a band of rebel Jews known as the Maccabees in reclaiming their temple from the Greek-Syrians.

2. Hanukkah lasts for eight nights, to commemorate how long the holy light burned.

The temple required a holy light to burn inside at all times, but the Jews had only enough oil for one night. Incredibly, the light burned for eight days.

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In California wildfire aftermath, Israeli aid group rushes in

Going-Green-Jewishly - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:00am
by Jaime Bender for FromtheGrapevine 


IsraAid gears up to help survivors following one of the deadliest fires in U.S. history, hoping to 'promote community resilience.'


With almost half a million acres destroyed and 79 deaths reported, the two wildfires raging in California rank among the deadliest in U.S. history.

But beyond the grim statistics, there's hope – in the form of IsraAid, an international relief agency based in Israel, that has just deployed to the two devastated regions to begin and maintain the recovery process for survivors.

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A Hanukkah Heroine: The Story of Judith

Feature-Article - Mon, 12/03/2018 - 12:00am
By Breaking Matzo

 

This article is featured in Jvillage Network's Hanukkah Guide. For more articles, recipes, crafts, and ideas, visit here. 


Judith was one of the great Jewish heroines. Judith single-handedly conceived of a daring and ingenious plan to save the Jews during an earlier time of Syrian Greek oppression.

The book of Judith (Yehudit in Hebrew), records that Holofernes, a Greek general, had surrounded the village of Bethulia as part of his campaign to conquer Judea.

The fighting was intense. The Greeks had cut off the Jews’ water supply. The situation became desperate and the Jews were ready to capitulate. But Judith, a pious widow, told the leaders that she had a plan to save the city.

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We have a very special service January 18 at 7:30 p.m. in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. and his heroic work.

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Come for a fast and fun night of trivia, food and comaraderie on Saturday, March 2, 2019, 6:00 pm, at Beth El.  Adults and teens (7th grade and up) can play!  The cost is $35 per person (includes: dinner and participation), BYOB.  Bring cash to buy optional extra chits to help your table become the champion!  Separate, supervised Kids Night Out - $10 per child (6th grade and younger; includes casual dinner, movie & games).  RSVP: by Monday, February 18, Advance Ticket Sales Only. Register here  Questions: Contact Anne Levy, [email protected]  Proceeds will go to the Beth El Playground Fund.

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Support During Shutdown                         

As the frustrating government shutdown drags on, we extend our sympathies during this anxious time for you and your family. While Beth El Hebrew Congregation is not a direct service provider, we can offer temporary dues relief until the shutdown has ended. We hope this resource list can be an asset during this difficult time and pray for an immediate resolution:

 

What Furloughed Workers Need to Know About Filing for Unemployment Benefits: https://tinyurl.com/yd3v7w29

A Furloughed Federal Employee’s Guide to Filing for Unemployment: https://tinyurl.com/y9qltsjt

U.S. Office of Personnel Management Furlough Guidance: tps://tinyurl.com/y8sg3mum

Alexandria Center for Economic Support: https://tinyurl.com/yd66o7mj

Coordinated Services Fairfax County: https://tinyurl.com/y8f9e4vg

Local Restaurants Offering Free or Discounted Meals and More: https://tinyurl.com/ybmozmt3

 

                  


 

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