Temple Beth El’s 2021 Hanukkiah Contest

Hanukkiah Contest at our 8th Night of Hanukkah Celebration

On Sunday, December 5, Temple Beth El had a special home-made DYI art project contest making your very own hanukkiah.

Participants of all ages and artistic abilities rolled up their sleeves and made their own hanukkiah for this fun competition!

What is a Hanukkiah?

A hanukkiah is a Hanukkah menorah. Unlike the ancient Temple menorah, which held seven candles, a hanukkiah has a total of 9 candles. There is one candle for each of the eight nights of Hanukkah and an additional lighter candle called the shammash.

According to halacha, strict Jewish law, a hanukkiah has eight candles that are around the same height and are in a straight line. The ninth candle, the shammash, is usually raised above the rest to signify its special role as the helper candle.

Some of you chose to play with the shape and placement of the candles. Some followed halacha or chose to create something entirely their own. The only requirement was that the shammash be set apart in some way.

The hanukkiot were judged during our congregational Hanukkah event and all were found to be creative, beautiful, and imaginative entries. Congratulations and thanks to all who participated. Below are some of these wonderful hanukkiot.