root of the word “Chanukah” means dedication. Interestingly enough, that root is also the
basis for the Hebrew word chinuch, education or m’chanechet,
educator. The connection between the two
words is clear to me as an administrator at The Shlenker School: our staff of educators is devoted to our
children and dedicated wholeheartedly to their education and growth. So here are some suggestions for celebrating
Chanukah that honor education, our educators, and Jewish learning:
1. Read a Jewish book
together. There are many wonderful
books about Chanukah available not only in our school library, but also in
the public library and, of course, in bookstores. But don’t forget other Jewish topics,
such as folk takes, Jewish humor, or Torah stories. Children love stories, and what better
way is there to educate them–and ourselves–about our rich tradition?
2. Read a Jewish book for
yourself. Call me or our librarian for
- www.urj.org: This is the web presence of The Union for Reform Judaism. It has information about Jewish holidays, customs, and current events.
- www.g-dcast.com: This website is home to short animated videos based on Torah portions, holidays, and Bible stories. It’s great for your older elementary children.
- www.myjewishlearning.com: This website is the place to go when you have a question about Judaism or Jewish practice
May your Chanukah be filled with light, joy, blessing, and dedication to Jewish life and learning.