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Happy Chanukah from Jerusalem!
December 11, 2015

Happy Chanukah!

As we prepare to light the Chanukah candles here in Jerusalem, we want to wish you and your family a very blessed holiday and a successful, joyful year.

If you’ll be celebrating the holiday season in Israel this year, be sure to check out special treats like Israel Scaventures and Jerusalem guided photography walks, led by professional photographer and long-time Jerusalem resident, Sharon Altshul. You’ll get to focus on Jerusalem like never before!

We’ve got some new neighborhood walking tours to suggest.

Those of you who are long-time subscribers already know that I’ve got a weakness for sufganiyot. Each time I walk past a bakery or grocery store in Jerusalem these days, the delicious sweet scent of this deep-fried Israeli Chanukah treat makes my head spin. It always makes me want to go right back home and bake a batch, which is something I’ve got scheduled for Sunday. There’s something very heartwarming about rising dough in the kitchen at wintertime. If you’re home for the holiday and want to add a taste of Israel to your holiday meals, try our baked sufganiyot recipe for a healthier take on this uniquely Israeli Chanukah tradition.

Chanukah Events in Jerusalem
December 13, 2015

Here's a sampler of Chanukah events taking place this Sunday, December 13, 2015, in Jerusalem:

The Old Yishuv Court Museum is running a Chanukia Tour of the Old City. From 16:00 to 18:00. 30 shekels per person. Old City, Jewish Quarter.

Tzamid, the organization for people with special-needs, is hosting a fundaraising dance party at the Euphoria Hall, Pierre Koenig St 39, Talpiyot, at 7:30 p.m. DJ, dancing and lots of other surprises. For details, call 02-6297471, 050-7375756.

Light the 8th candle of Chanukah at the Hurva Synagogue in the Old City with Israel's Lone Soldiers and families of soldiers who gave their lives during Operation Protective Edge. The Israel National Police Orchestra will be performing and several members of the Knesset are slated to attend. 17:30 to 19:30. To register, click here.

Earlier in the day from 13:00-16:00, Gesher Shel Zahav is hosting Chanukah Chesed for Soldiers in the Old City, making and distributing packages to IDF Soldiers. If you are interested in joining this event in addition, please click here for more information and registration.

Last Minute Gifts

Still looking for some last minute holiday gifts? Stop by our Chanukah store for an assortment of menorahs and other holiday gifts. Of course, I think our Introduction to Jerusalem: A Guide to the Holy City is the perfect gift for anyone planning a short visit (yes, that’s a shameless plug for my own book!). It’s on sale until after the holiday, for only $2.99 – down from its usual $5.99, so it’s a great deal. Get it while the going’s good.

The gift of language is a lasting one. Why not decide this is the year you’re going to learn Hebrew? Go for it! Check out the mini-explanation at the end of this email on the meaning of "Chanukah" or see our review of eTeacher's course. Hands down - nothing like it. So give yourself or someone you love the gift of Hebrew.

Your Prayer in the Wall

As we wish you the best for the holidays and the coming twelve months, remember that we’re here to deliver your prayers to the Western Wall in Jerusalem for you. (Your prayers are strictly confidential and are deleted from our system as soon as they are delivered to the Wall.)

This is a free service that we consider a privilege to provide. Jewish tradition, however, teaches that prayer and charity, together, have the power to change Divine decrees. So please consider super-charging your prayer with a donation to our charity fund for disabled children in Jerusalem. Your donation, however small, will help provide much needed services, therapy and medications for severely disabled children in Jerusalem.

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Every year, everyone starts to get excited before Hanukkah. Hanukkah parties take place in kindergartens and schools, candles are lit all over the city, and we prepare donut holes, latkes, and other delicious treats. But, Do you know what is the source of this holiday and why do we celebrate it? What does the name "Hanukkah" mean?
Noa Badihi-Kalfus,
Head of the Modern Hebrew Department, eTeacherGroup.

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