Coming together for one of the most significant Jewish holidays, hundreds of synagogues, congregations, Jewish Community Centers, Federations, schools, camps, independent minyans, and Jewish organizations are arranging onsite and offsite gatherings under the banner of the ‘Hanukkah Homecoming’ event.
The events under this banner events will be held from Dec. 3-5, inviting those engaged and those not-yet-engaged to connect with the community and each other. Activities during the time will include services, rituals, meals, festivals, community art projects, concerts, and candle-lightings.
Organized by the Kripke Institute’s Center for Relational Judaism, the initiative is supported by a JCRIF grant from the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies, and the Maimonides Fund.
Ron Wolfson, Fingerhut Professor of Education at American Jewish University, who is leading the initiative, stated, “This Hanukkah is such a unique moment as Jewish communities begin returning to a sense of normalcy right at this festive, communal and family-oriented holiday. The events are an opportunity to be a part of something greater, special—an exciting opportunity to celebrate not simply the holiday, but what we have all missed so much—our relationships with each other.”
Rabbi Elaine Zecher, senior rabbi of Temple Israel in Boston, a participant in Hanukkah Homecoming Weekend also spoke of the event, saying “What an awesome equation to bring together the Jewish community from all over into our synagogues and organizational homes for a grand homecoming after all this time. The opportunity to do this together, across the world, truly adds up to a beautiful experience of holiness wherever we find ourselves.”