Hanukkah Celebration

Beth Torah Hanukkah Social Justice & Music Program

Music, Latkes, and Lights! 

Join your Beth Torah community at 4:00 p.m. on December 11th for our 2016 Hanukkah program. 

First, experience a concert of beautiful Hanukkah music, featuring a smorgasbord of Beth Torah music makers. 

Then - Help keep the lights on in Kansas City!

Be sure to bring your family, friends, and your favorite latke topping to share at the Latke Nosh after our glorious Hanukkah music program. ALSO be sure to bring your favorite presidents—Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, we don’t care if they clink or fold!—to donate. Money raised will be shared between the Beth Torah General Fund, helping to keep our lights on, and the JFS Emergency Utility Assistance fund.

All of our CBT musicians are busy rehearsing some terrific tunes to share. More than a dozen Kids Choir children will share some oldies but goodies, the Young Adult group will share the premiere of an original song by Lezlie Zucker, the Adult Choir will share the most joyful setting of “Al Hanisim” that has ever been sung, Rabbi Cattapan will share a ladino Hanukkah song, and different instrument textures will be layered in (Julie Kaplan on bass trombone, Warren Sickel on clarinet, Jim Decker on double bass, and Carmen Dieker on violin). Each song will be framed by Chuck Cantor’s inspiring narration.

Click here to download the Hanukkah Blessings

HANUKKAH begins on the 25th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev and lasts for eight days.  It commemorates the victory of Judah Maccabee and his followers over the forces of the Syrian tyrant Antiochus Ephiphanes and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, which the Syrians had profaned.  Hanukkah celebrates more than the end of an unsuccessful attempt by an outside power to destroy Judaism.  The threat to Judaism was both internal and external.  The assimilation to Hellenistic culture was so great that certain elements within Jewish society sought to become fully assimilated, to be accepted as Greek citizens and to participate in Greek culture at the expense of their own unique Judaic culture.  The resistance of the Maccabees and their allies to the blandishments of assimilation preserved Judaism.  The story of Hanukkah is the age-old struggle of the Jewish people to remain Jewish in a non-Jewish world.

To celebrate their victory and to rededicate the Temple, the Maccabees proclaimed an eight-day festival, which was to be observed annually.  According to the Talmudic legend, when the Hasmoneans recaptured and cleansed the Temple, they were able to find only a single cruse of oil with the seal of the High Priest, sufficient for one day’s lighting of the Menorah.  But, as the story goes, a miracle occurred, and it burned for eight days.

Gates of the Seasons, Central Conference of American Rabbis,
Peter Knobel, ed., p. 90.