SAN JACINTO – Temple Beth Am will celebrate Hanukkah, Festival of Lights, at its Friday, Dec. 27, Hanukkah service. The public is welcome to participate in lighting the menorah.
Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem. The Jews, during the Maccabean Revolt, defeated the Syrians who had occupied and despoiled the temple. When the light, which hangs above the ark containing the Torah, was rekindled, there was only enough oil to last for a few hours. But miraculously, the oil lasted eight days, allowing time to produce more oil.
Hanukkah is celebrated by lighting the menorah candles for eight days. Potato pancakes, called latkes, are a traditional food served at gatherings. Also, jelly doughnuts, called soufganiyot, are eaten. Foods fried in oil commemorate the holiday.
Temple Beth Am is an independent community synagogue serving the San Jacinto Valley since 1958. The temple is located at 20520 State Street at Soboba Road in San Jacinto. For more information, visit www.templebethamsj.org or call (951) 445-0502.
Submitted by Temple Beth Am.