The Jewish festival of Hanukkah begins this year on Tuesday night, December 20th and ends on December 28, 2011. While it is not required to make a Chanukah party to properly celebrate the festival of Hanukkah, Chanukah parties have become a fun and much anticipated tradition among all Jews no matter what their religious observance.
Below is a list of resources ranging from how to light your menorah, the historical significance of Hanukkah, to how to make homemade donuts and latkes as well as some inspiration for a gorgeous Hanukkah party table. I hope these resources will enhance your celebration of the miracle of Hanukkah.
This gorgeous Hanukah Tablescape by The Jewish Hostess can provide you with some inspiration for a beautiful Chanukah party setting of your own. As fancy and ballabuste as this looks, its actually very inexpensive to make. All the items were purchased from Ikea and West Elm.
Donut Making Video
Donuts are a Chanukah celebration must-have. Here’s a short and simple video recipe on how to make home-made donuts by CookKosher. I love the suggestion at the end to use pizza dough as a shortcut. I happen to have a freezer full of Trader Joe’s Kosher 99cent Pizza Dough which I can’t wait to use for my home-made Chanukah Donuts.
Latke Making Video
Potato Latkes are another tradition found in every Jewish home at Chanukah time. Here’s a quick and easy video of how to make potato latkes for Chanukah by JoyofKosher.
For a greater variety on latke and donut recipes you can check out our cookbook gurus Norene Gilletz and Levana Kirschenbaum. Their best-selling cookbooks, The New Food Processor Bible (a must have in every Jewish home) is on sale for only $20 on Amazon and The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen (another must have) on sale now for only $10 on Amazon. I’m buying these awesome cookbooks for my preschool teachers as unique Chanukah Gifts that I’m sure will be very loved.
For New Yorkers, Levana is also hosting a Chanukah cooking demo Monday night on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Free Chanukah eBook
Don’t miss your FREE Chanukah eBook , The Jewish Treats Complete Guide To Chanukah which is packed with helpful information like the story of Chanukah, what to do on Chanukah, how to light your menorah and a fun dreidel game.
You can watch an Aish.com short vort here from Chief Rabbi of South Africa Warren Goldstein about why the Jewish people celebrate the miracle of oil and not the military victory that occurred on Chanukah. Enjoy this year’s lively Chanukah music videos, all FREE as well!
Here’s my Shabbos Chanukah Chicken Soup recipe showing you how to make dreidel noodles!
Here’s The Kosher Shopaholic Hanukkah Gift Guide for those of you who are last minute shoppers, like me!
Don’t forget to enter my contests to win a $200 gift basket or a free “Missing Menorah” DVD from Shalom Sesame. You can also purchase the Shalom Sesame DVD set at $15 off using the code KSH102 at checkout.
Ever wonder what the Hebrew initials Nun, Gimmel, Hay, Shin represent on the dreidel? They stand for “Nes Gadal Haya Shem” “A Great Miracel Happened There”.
Whishing you a freilich, fun-filled, beautiful and tasty Chanukah!