Your Guide to Online Hanukkah Events

Explore the history of Hanukkah fashion, join a papercutting workshop, learn Moroccan piyutim and more!

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, falls at the time of year when the days are shortest in the northern hemisphere. It celebrates resilience and strength, and reminds us that even in the darkest time of year, there is light and an opportunity to celebrate.

This Hanukkah, choose from an abundance of classes and special community events, and bring more light to your holiday! Check out the wide array of unique events from My Jewish Learning.

Upcoming My Jewish Learning Events

Hanukkah Papercutting Workshop with USPS Hanukkah Stamp Creator

Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 pm ET

Join us for an exciting online event where you can learn the art of papercutting from Jeanette Kuvin Oren, the creator of the USPS Hanukkah stamp! Get ready to unleash your creativity and discover the beauty of this traditional craft.

Hanukkah Lights From Around The World

Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 6 pm ET

Join My Jewish Learning on a global journey to learn about Hanukkah lamps from around the world. Discover some of the unique forms a Hanukkah lamp can take and how the diverse cultures of Jewish communities from around the world influence their Hanukkah practices and lamps.

You will also gain insights and inspiration on how to improvise your own Hanukkah lamp with unexpected materials. We will explore the why behind the diversity of Jewish Hanukkah lamps and how to recreate them at home, as well as the multi-century trends that led to the iterations of the Hanukkah lamp that are most widely known today. You’ll learn how Jews in Kurdistan and Morocco created ephemeral hanukkah lamps from sardine tins and bottle caps, and what aesthetic choices can tell us about the lives, values, and geography of global Jewish communities.

My Jewish Learning Events On Demand

The Hanukkah Story You Never Heard

Many people know that Hanukkah is a minor holiday. The books of the Maccabees, which detail the Jewish victories over the Syrian Greeks that allowed Jews to preserve their autonomy and culture, were never included in the Hebrew Bible. Ironically, we only have them in Greek. But did you know that the rabbis weren’t even sure that Hanukkah was about the Maccabees at all? And if Hanukkah isn’t about the Maccabees, what is it about? Watch this video to find out.

Hanukkah Fashion Then and Now

Kveller and Rabbi Yael Buechler, a Hanukkah merchandise expert and fashion designer take a look into the history of Hanukkah apparel. Explore how Hanukkah fashions have transformed over the years, from niche designers to mainstream retailers. 

How to Light Hanukkah Candles: An Ancient Debate

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz explains how to light the Hanukkah candles and the history of how this ritual came to be. Dive into the Talmudic debate between Rabbi Hillel and Rabbi Shammai and discover a new appreciation for lighting the Hanukkah candles. 

Hanukkah Piyutim Workshop

Learn traditional Moroccan Piyutim (liturgical poems) for Hanukkah. In this workshop, Laura Elkeslassy teaches ‘Am Neemanai, a Moroccan piyut written by Rabbi David Buzaglo, as well as a traditional piyut retelling the story of Mattathias.

Hanukkah: A Key to Understanding Rabbinic Judaism with Aryeh Bernstein

In this My Jewish Learning class with Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein, explore laws and traditions of Hanukkah to better understand not only the holiday, but also what Rabbinic Judaism is all about. The Hanukkah celebration, one of American Jewry’s most widely observed Jewish practices, is not derived from the Bible, which was completed long before the time of the Maccabees, but instead from the Rabbis, who wrote down and codified the Oral Torah. The Rabbis even give some clues that Hanukkah is the ultimate Rabbinic mitzvah. Learn why the Rabbis considered Hanukkah so important, and understand how the holiday exemplifies the goals of Rabbinic Judaism overall.

Discover More

How to Light the Hanukkah Menorah

The traditional blessings and procedures for lighting the Hanukkah candles.

What Do the Letters On the Dreidel Stand For?

The four-sided top has slightly different markings depending on where in the world it was made.

The History of Hanukkah

How the festival of lights became a holiday, and how it has evolved in modern times.