Chanukah Candle Lighting at Singers Hill Synagogue

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Rabbi Yossi Jacobs

L.Taylor, Birmingham Hebrew Congregation, Singers Hill Synagogue

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This image shows Rabbi Yossi Jacobs lighting the second candle on a Chanukah lamp at the Singers Hill Synagogue. Standing in the front with him are some of the members’ children.

Chanukah remembers the story of Judah and the Maccabees victory against King Antiochus in which they reclaimed the temple in Jerusalem. When they wanted to light the temple’s Menorah, they only found oil supply for one day. Miraculously, the one-day supply of oil lasted for 8 days until they were able to prepare more oil.  To remember this story, Jewish people all around the world will celebrate the 8 day festival of Chanukah in November/December. Each day of Chanukah, an extra candle is lit.
Public candle lightings and other communal celebrations as seen in this picture are quite popular. Playing traditional games like Dreidel and singing Chanukah songs are popular at these celebrations.

There are different ways to refer to the Chanukah lamp, such as Chanukiah or Menorah as well as different spellings for the festival such as Hanukah or Hanukkah. This is due to various transliterations of the Hebrew word.

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