Temple Sisterhoods affiliated with the National Federation are urged to arrange special Chanukah programs for the religious schools in their temples, in a message sent them by Mrs. Henry Nathan, Chairman of the National Committee on Religious Schools. She recommends that every school give a special entertainment and that every child be given suitable Chanukah gifts, among them a box of candles for use in their home.
That Chanukah can be celebrated in a way to appease the cravings of children for a “agree” and “gifts” was demonstrated by Seattle Jewry who last year were introduced to a Chanukah festival that may serve as a pattern of the historic event, for a new form of celebration the world over. “The Community Menorah” ida, originated by Dr. Samuel E. Koch, Rabbi of the Temple Di Hirsch made its initial how before a Jewish audience.
The Menorah, over nine feet in height, bearing one hundred three incandescent lights, arranged in series of three and sevens, the pinnacle incandescent serving as the eight light for all, was laden with gifts for the children.
Orthodox as well as reform Jews, joined in giving high praise to the ceremony, which designed for Jewish children, not only minimizes unsatisfied “Santa Claus craving” – but gives them a finer appreciation of Chanukah itself.
The Archive of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency includes articles published from 1923 to 2008. Archive stories reflect the journalistic standards and practices of the time they were published.