When is Hanukkah? And more...

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 / 12 Kislev 5776

Shalom,

Even if you haven't noticed the magnificently growing moon this month, by the Hebrew date- 12 Kislev- you know that the full moon will be one of these days soon!  (The full moon is generally the 15th of every Hebrew month, but sometimes it falls on the 14th or - in this month- even the 13th of the month.  For more information on the Hebrew calendar and its connection with the moon check out this website and this one).  To that end, you can always know when the Jewish holidays are- Hanukkah and all the others, since their dates are always fixed, just not their corresponding dates in the civil calendar. 

Hanukkah, as I mentioned in an earlier message, is always on the 25th of the month, and it is the only Jewish holiday that straddles two Hebrew months: 25 Kislev through 2 Tevet!  Come to our Hanukkah gatherings for more on that!  Which leads us to remind you of time-sensitive information about our two upcoming Hanukkah gatherings:

1) We're so excited for our next Together b'Teva Sunday gathering on December 6! 
We'll be at the property of woodworker Hillel Posner, in Forestville, for some oil burning menorah making and Jewish nature connection activities!  Children 7+ will have the opportunity to make beautiful wood-based oil burning menorahs with this gifted woodworker, and younger children will be making clay (like)-based oil burning menorahs with Rabbi Daria. 

NEW: we are very grateful for Trattore Farm's donation of local olive oil for our menorahs.  Thank you Trattore Farm in Healdsburg for once again sharing your wonderful oil with us!

**To be sure we have enough materials, you must register by THIS FRIDAY, November 30!!

Following the day-light activities, we'll come together to light candles for the first night of Hanukkah and to share a potluck veggie/dairy/kosher fish meal together. Let us know if you'll be bringing latkes!

Details on the day can be found here.
Register here

Also, space is definitely limited for this gathering, so register now to reserve your spot for this special event! 

A change: please come for the entire program, so we can build a full community experience together! Again, the deadline is THIS Friday, November 30.

2) Looking to celebrate Hanukkah on other days with ZMANIM?  This year our 2nd Friday of the Month Shabbat Potluck Dinner also falls during Hanukkah!  RSVP by Friday Dec. 11 at noon for the address and to let us know you are coming (but there is space for all).  More details can be found here. And again- let us know if you'll be bringing latkes!

Lastly, on a December related topic, the national organization, Interfaith Family, is offering a December email series that we thought might be of interest to some.  This five-session, once a week series has been created by the rabbis from Interfaith Family across the country to help as you and your family head into the December holiday season. Once a week, beginning on November 27th and continuing through December 25th, they will send you an email full of resources, stories, humor and questions to ask yourself, your partner and/or your family about your December holiday needs, practices and choices.  

This is a non-judgmental, supportive, and open forum for you to learn, experience, question and share as you navigate this sometimes stressful yet joyous time of year. You can sign up here.

We look forward to seeing you soon & may you have a gratitude-filled Thanksgiving!

~ Rabbi Daria
p.s. Buy your guilt free Hanukkah gelt here, and avoid slave- and child-labor chocolate!