Jewish Activity Guide and Holidays for Winter
Find fun activity ideas for your Jewish assisted living residents for the upcoming Jewish holidays this winter, including Chanukah and Tu B’Shevat.
Chanukah (also spelled Hanukkah) is the Festival of Lights that is an eight-day celebration to commemorate the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Customs of Chanukah include the lighting of the menorah, preparing foods in oil like latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts), singing blessings, and playing games. This year Chanukah begins at sundown on Thursday, December 7 and lasts until sundown on Friday, December 15.
Tu B’Shevat is the New Year for Trees that recognizes this time of year that trees begin to bloom in Israel. Traditionally, observers would increase their intake of fruit on this day. This year Tu B’Shevat begins at sundown on Wednesday, January 24 and lasts until sundown on Thursday, January 25.
- Plant a small tree in your facility’s yard.
- Plan activities that involve eating fruit, like a Fruit Tasting of figs, pomegranates, dates, and olives.
- Assemble bird feeders to hang on your backyard trees.
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