Celebrating Hanukkah in Israel

Although Hanukkah is not a major holiday in Israel, it is still one of the most celebrated Jewish holidays. Many of the Hanukkah activities done elsewhere in the world are also observed in Israel – lighting the Hanukkah menorah, reciting prayers, eating latkes and doughnuts, attending parties.

  • Light your menorah and put in the window as part of Jewish custom. If this is not possible, place your menorah in an area where it can be seen clearly.
  • Have a stroll through the streets of Bnei Brak in Tel-Aviv and Meir Sharim in Jerusalem and enjoy the beauty of lighted menorahs displayed in all the homes.
  • Play the sevvivon or dreidel during Hanukkah.
  • Attend Hanukkah parties in Israel. The celebration will include singing of Hanukkah songs and playing dreidel.
  • Eat Israel’s famous Hanukkah food like sufganiyot served with mint tea.
  • Visit the Temple Mount to see the site where the Maccabees reclaimed the Temple.

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