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  • Reform Makes Chanukah Plea in Malaria Fight

    The Reform movement is encouraging its members to dedicate one night of Chanukah to a charity project to fight malaria. The Union for Reform Judaism is calling on American Jews to take part in the Nothing But Nets campaign, which provides insecticide-treated bed nets to Sudanese refugees as part of the global fight against the… More ▸

  • Christmas Tree on Bush Chanukah Invite

    The invitation to the White House Chanukah reception sports a Christmas tree. The picture features a horse pulling a Christmas tree on a wagon traveling in front of the White House. The wagon bears a sign reading “White House Christmas Tree 2008,” the New York Post reported. The president and first lady host an annual… More ▸

  • Bush Uses Menorah Lighting to Meet Jews Who Knew Persecution

    President Bush used his annual Chanukah meeting with Jewish leaders to invite figures who had experienced persecution throughout the world. Among the 15 individuals who joined the president at the White House on Monday, International Human Rights Day, were Elliott Benjamin, the vice president of the Iranian American Jewish Federation; Rabbi Gershom Sizomu of the… More ▸

  • With M-16s on Their Shoulders, Soldiers Mark Chanukah in Iraq

    In some ways, this year’s Chanukah in Baghdad seemed just like Chanukah any other year. Everyone gathered around the menorah outside. I spoke about the meaning of the holiday for us, in Baghdad today. A few people laughed as I pointed out some of the parallels between the Maccabees of old fighting for their just… More ▸

  • Arts & Culture Guide to Jewish Sites in England Sells out in Lead-up to Chanukah

    A new book documenting sites of Jewish interest in England has sold out its first printing. “Jewish Heritage in England: An Architectural Guide” was published last month to coincide with the 350th anniversary of Jewish resettlement in England. The guidebook sold thousands of copies in its first month, and publishers have ordered a second print… More ▸

  • Bush Appropriates Chanukah Moral in Depicting Current Threat from Iran

    The White House Christmas tree is up, the Christmas cards have been sent, but when it comes to policy, it’s beginning to sound a lot like Chanukah. President Bush and his Cabinet have seized upon the Maccabean message of refusing to give in to tyranny to reinforce Bush’s refusal to deal with Iran as a… More ▸

  • Chanukah Feature Allowing Jewish Kids to Enjoy Christmas Glitz Isn’t a Problem

    In a second-grade classroom I visited recently, the children were comparing how many presents they were going to receive for Christmas. When they finished Sarah announced, “I don’t celebrate Christmas, I celebrate Chanukah. We get eight presents every night for eight nights.” Even for those who were not yet up on their multiplication tables, her… More ▸

  • Chanukah Feature Humor is in the Greeting Cards to Boost Lagging Chanukah Sales

    This black-hatted rapper, complete with peyes, beard and microphone — can hold his own in the brave new world of Chanukah greeting cards: “Have some fun And spin the dreidel. Grab yourself A zoftek maidel. Don’t you worry About getting chubby. Eat some brisket And kiss your bubbee. Take a latke Two or three. Cause… More ▸

  • Chanukah Feature Some Zaniness and History for Children in Holiday Books

    A mythical bird with vision problems is among the colorful characters in this year’s crop of Chanukah books for children. And here’s the real miracle: Five books each spell the holiday Hanukkah. “Eight Wild Nights: A Family Hanukkah Tale,” by Brian P. Cleary, illustrated by David Udovic. Delightful holiday mischief reigns in this zany story… More ▸