Chanukah 2021 Resources

 

Deepen your Chanukah experience, beyond the gelt and glitz and gifts. This page is dedicated to enhancing your Chanukah celebration by providing Chanukah resources from around Greater New Haven. Now, more than ever, is the time to connect with the community whether with your in-person or virtually.

  • Curated 8 Night Hanukkah Film Festival

    Celebrate the Hanukkah season with eight nights of exclusive, award-winning new films, available to view from the comfort of home. Your ticket purchase provides limited-time access to this series of 11 films, plus exclusive filmmaker discussions and more.

  • The Great Gelt and Dreidel Drop of 2021

    Families will experience hundreds of dreidels and gelt bags fly from the sky with help from the Woodbridge Fire Department. At this outdoor community-wide Chanukah event, enjoy music, crafts, light snacks, the Menorah lighting, and a PJ Library Story Walk.

Community Events

Greater New Haven Congregations

For Children

Bringing Chanukah Home to Your Family with 

Just the spelling, whether it is Chanukah (our version), Hanukkah or Chanuka, exemplifies how varied are the ways we can celebrate this wintertime holiday. Parents and grandparents have multiple resources at their fingertips to help make this not-so-typical Chanukah holiday still feel special. PJ Library offers different ideas in the “Hanukkah Hub” found at pjlibrary.org/hanukkah.

 

AUDIO
The Hanukkah Story For Kids (podbean.com/ew/pb-fkizy-cbaf2a) is a part of the PJ Library production Have I Got a Story For You. In addition to listening to a story version about Chanukah and the Maccabees, families will also discover a short Chanukah blessings guide in Hebrew and English.

 

TASTE
Surprise your little ones with a healthy spin on latkes that have veggies hidden inside. What a creative way to celebrate the holiday!

 

KINESTHETIC
You can make candles in a muffin tin using only leftover or broken crayons and tealight wicks from your local craft store. Just be careful to let them cool before using!

Chanukah Recipes & Fund

HIDDEN VEGGIE LATKES

 

INGREDIENTS:
1 large russet potato, peeled
1 large zucchini, peeled
½ head of cauliflower
½ yellow onion
1 clove of garlic, finely minced
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon pepper
Vegetable oil for frying

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Grate together potato, zucchini, cauliflower, and onion. Use a food processor to make this step faster.
  2. Wrap the vegetable mixture in a cheesecloth or a lightweight kitchen towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  3. In a large bowl, combine vegetables with garlic, flour, baking powder, eggs, salt, and pepper.
  4. In a frying pan heat ½ inch of oil on medium-high. Carefully drop a heaping tablespoon of latke mixture into oil.
  5. Fry for roughly 2 minutes, then flip and fry the other side.
  6. Transfer each latke to a paper towel-lined platter.
  7. Serve while warm.

 

Source: PJ Library (https://pjlibrary.org/getmedia/a7d6bad9-f0d5-480f-95d8-04c38ff19cbc/HanukkahHidden-Veggie-Latkes.pdf)

UPCYCLED CRAYON CANDLES

 

MATERIALS:
Old crayons
Plastic bag
Muffin tin
Tealight candle wicks
(available at your local craft store)

 

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 150 degrees.
2. Remove wrappers from crayons. Soaking crayons in water makes this easier
3. Fill plastic bag with crayon pieces and start smashing
4. Coat muffin tin with cooking spray. Fill each cup about ¾ full with smashed crayon pieces
5. Bake crayon mixture for 8-20 minutes until the wax is melted. Melting times vary depending on the brand of crayons
6. Remove from oven and let wax cool. After a few minutes, push a wick into the center of your candle (it should still be liquid but firm). Tip: If you don’t insert a wick, you’ll have giant “crazy crayons” that you can use to color or decorate cards.
7. Let candles set until hard. Freeze for 10 minutes, then turn upside down to remove.

 

Source: https://pjlibrary.org/getmedia/28e433a8-a91f-457d-b9dc-d7e6b3f7bd73/Hanukkah-Crayon-Candles.pdf

Books For the Little Ones

  • DREIDEL DAY

    Written by Amalia Hoffman, Illustrated by Amalia Hoffman
    Ages: 6 Months to 2 Years

    During Hanukkah, every day is a dreidel day! Little ones will love counting along with the kitty in this book as the holiday progresses from 1 to 8.

  • CHANUKAH LIGHTS EVERYWHERE

    Written by Michael Rosen, Illustrated by Melissa Iwai
    Ages: 3 to 4 Years

    A little boy counts the Chanukah lights and, at the same time, considers all the light in the world around him.

  • QUEEN OF THE HANUKKAH DOSAS

    Written by Pamela Ehrenberg, Illustrated by Anjan Sarkar
    Ages: 5 to 6 Years

    Sadie’s family has both Jewish and Indian background, so at Hanukkah they eat dosas, traditional Indian pancakes. But they get locked out just before their Hanukkah party! Who will save the day?

  • CHANUKAH IN CHELM

    Written by David A. Adler, Illustrated by Kevin O'Malley
    Ages: 6 to 7 Years

    The rabbi has given Mendel what should be a simple job: Find a table so he can place the Chanukah menorah by the window. But this is Chelm, so nothing’s as straightforward as you might think!

Learn more about the many books PJ Library has offered at pjlibrary.org/books-and-music. Sign up your family to receive the gift of free books at pjlibrary.org/enroll-in-a-community.