Temple Beth El is having a Hanukkiah Contest

Hanukkiah Contest on the 8th Night of Hanukkah Celebration

Sunday, December 5 beginning at 4:00 pm at Temple Beth El

Participants of all ages and artistic abilities are invited to roll up their sleeves and make 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.

Today, many of us may choose to play with the shape and placement of our candles. You are welcome to follow halacha or to create something entirely your own. The only requirement is that the shammash be set apart in some way. Your hanukkiah can be made from any material that can safely hold candles. If the material is not 100% flame proof, please line the candle holders with foil.

The hanukkiot will be judged on December 5th, during our congregational Hanukkah event.

If you can’t come to the event, you can drop your hanukkiah off the week before during Tuesday or Friday office hours (10am-2pm).

Please bring nine candles to light your hanukkiah for the final night of Hanukkah.