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.

Winter Jewish Holidays:

Holiday Dates Description
Chanukah Friday, December 8 (begins sundown December 7) – Friday, December 15 Festival of Lights
Tu B’Shevat Thursday, January 25 New Year for Trees
Hanukkah Activities for Seniors


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.

Activity Ideas
  1. Make latkes (potato pancakes) or sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts).
  2. Play the Dreidel game (spinning top game) with the grandkids.
  3. Make Chanukah cards to send to family members.
  4. Sing blessings with residents.
Tu B'Shevat Activities for Seniors

Tu B’Shevat

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.

Activity Ideas
  1. Plant a small tree in your facility’s yard.
  2. Plan activities that involve eating fruit, like a Fruit Tasting of figs, pomegranates, dates, and olives.
  3. Assemble bird feeders to hang on your backyard trees.

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