Downtown Menorah Lighting - Nov 29
Celebrate Chanukah together with the community, at the lighting of Tigard's Giant Menorah! 5:00 PM - Liberty Park on Main St.
Menorah Car Parade & Latke Party Dec 2
Hop in your car and join a procession of Jewish pride through Tigard! Top it off with a tasty Latke Party. 4:30 PM - Registration required.
First Friday - Shabbat Chanukah Dinner - Dec 3
Come together as a community to enjoy the special Shabbat spirit and energy with a Chanukah twist! 6:00 PM - Registration required.
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Chanukah is the Jewish eight-day, wintertime “festival of lights,” celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayers and fried foods.
In the second century BCE, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who tried to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs instead of mitzvah observance and belief in G‑d.
Against all odds, a small band of faithful but poorly armed Jews, led by Judah the Maccabee, defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G‑d.
When they sought to light the Temple's Menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks. Miraculously, they lit the menorah and the one-day supply of oil lasted for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.
To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Chanukah.
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