Dreidel song activities December 08 2014

Spin Like a Dreidel. If you can get a dreidel, demonstrate to the children how the dreidel spins and then falls. ( Call a local synagogue to get a dreidel or order one online.) Play the "Dreidel Song." The children spin around like a dreidel while the music plays. When you pause the music the children plop down on the floor similar to the way that a dreidel falls. When the music restarts, they get up and start spinning again. The children will want to do it over and over!

What is the holiday of Chanukah (Hanukkah)? This Jewish holiday falls at at the end of the year, but the date changes according to the lunar calendar. This year it begins on the evening of December 16 and ends on the evening of December 24.  It celebrates the rededication of the synagogue in Jerusalem when the Jewish soldiers, under the command of Judah Macabee, won back the Temple from the Syrians. When they recaptured the Synagogue the Jews found only enough oil to keep the eternal flame burning for a day, but miraculously the oil burned for eight days... long enough to make new oil. It is for this reason that Hanukkah is celebrate for eight days. In Jewish homes, a candle on the menorah is lit for each night of Hanukkah. Gifts are exchanged and families play the dreidel game and eat foods fried in oil. Potato latkes (pancakes) are a favorite Hanukkah food.