• Guide to Lighting Chanukah Candles

    The candles should be lit at sunset or afterwards. Using an extra candle called the Shamash, light one candle on the first night (starting at the extreme right side of the chanukiah) and add a candle each night. By the eighth night, all eight candles are lit. Before lighting, two blessings

Is There a Right Way to Spell Hanukkah? Chanukah? Hannukah?


Chanukah is a Hebrew word, therefore there is only one way to spell it in Hebrew, but many ways to spell it in English. The first vowel in the word is a "Chet" which does not have a similar letter in the English alphabet, so some use just an h, while others will use "ch".

Would you like to teach about Chanukah in your child’s classroom? The Jewish Federation is offering a “Chanukah in a Bag” kit complete with dreidels, instructions, the story of Chanukah, and a PJ Library Chanukah story.


Thank you for the overwhelming response to "Chanukah in a Bag". All the bags have been registered for.

Bag pickup will be at 4 locations around town- Southwest Houston (@the Jewish Federation office), Sugar Land, the Woodlands, and West Houston/Katy.


Questions? Contact Hilary Kamin

A Hamilton Hanukkah

The Maccabeats Hanukkah music video “Hasmonean” .