8 Ways to Make Your Chanukah More Meaningful

It’s easy for Chanukah to fly by in a blur of wintry celebrations. We wanted to create ways that got at the spirit of the holiday and made celebrating Chanukah mean more than our usual routines.

  1. Remember what Chanukah is about: visibility! Not only put your menorah in the front window, but also talk to friends and family about issues that are important to you.
  2. Volunteer! Help at the DCJCC on December 25 or pick another organization that could use your help.
  3. Remember what Chanukah is about: shedding light into the darkness! Reach out to a friend who could use your shoulder now.
  4. Make a donation to a nonprofit or charity in place of a regular gift, especially now when the tough economy has meant fewer donations.
  5. Remember what Chanukah is about: fighting back! Talk to your schools to see what they are doing about bullying and suicide, especially among LGBT youth.
  6. Tzedakah means justice! Think about ways you—yes, YOU!—can make the world a more equitable place… and then do them.
  7. Learn a new Chanukah tradition from a group that celebrates differently than you!
  8. Create your own prayer! What does the holiday mean to you? What would you like to see  change? What do you hope for?

Last Christmas, You Gave Us Your Hearts

A slightly belated thank you to the nearly 1,000 people who came out to volunteer with us on December 25th. The work you did made a lasting difference in the quality of someone’s life. There is unfortunately, a seemingly endless need for work like this, so please continue to volunteer with us year-round, or at our next major day of service on MLK Day.

In the meantime, head over to professional photographer Lloyd Wolf’s blog for some amazing photographs of the day (including the one above). Also, check-out the video below which was made by Todd Wiggins, which catches-up with the work that went on at the Ferebee-Hope School.


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