The Jewish holiday begins a little early this year.
Mark your calendars for the 25th day of the month of Kislev. That's when Hanukkah starts in 2012. For those of us who aren't so tuned into the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday Dec. 8. The holiday, also called the Festival of Lights, lasts eight days. Hanukkah commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enought oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. Yet the oil lasted for eight, according to the story, and thus the holiday of Hanukkah was born. Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting a menorah over the course of eight days, playing dreidel and…
Senior Center plays host to a tournament; Landau family recalls years in Israel as they light candles.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Pam DeFiglio
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Sherry Levin and Marvine Bodzewski laughed as Bodzewski spun a dreidel and the little top kept falling over. At the next table at the Niles Senior Center's dreidel tournament Wednesday, Nurith and David Landau had a fast-paced game with Esther Simon and Susie Topkowski. Later in the day, the Landaus welcomed Niles Patch into their home at sunset as they lit one candle on the menorah for the first night of Hanukkah. "I was born in Israel, and David grew up in Israel," said Nurith Landau, who often speaks Hebrew in her home. "And the senior center is starting to acknowledge Jewish holidays. Before, they didn't even put them on the calendar." Playing dreidel as a kid At the senior center, as the friendly tournament wrapped up, Levin …