At sundown on Sunday, Dec. 21, the eight-day festival of light that begins on the eve of Kislev 25 will begin with the lighting of the first candle. Celebrated over eight nights, the Hanukkah commemorates the Jewish Maccabees' military victory over the Greek-Syrians and the rededication of the Second Temple. To mark the event they found a menorah but had only enough oil to light one candle. According to the Talmud, the oil miraculously lasted for eight days, enough to light the entire menorah one day at a time.
Thus, Hanukkah is a celebration of Jewish survival and religious freedom.
The Wood River Jewish Community will host two events. On Friday, Dec. 26, at 6 p.m. Hanukkah's fifth night will be celebrated at St. Thomas Church in Ketchum.
A Hanukkah Party Community Potluck will be held at the American Legion Hall in Ketchum, at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28.
There will be music and activities for children. People should bring their own menorahs. The cost is $15 for adults and for children over 4, $5.
For reservations call the Wood River Jewish Community office at 726-1183.