March for Israel Reflections & Looking Forward to Hanukkah

Am Yisrael Chai!

This past Tuesday, we marked Rosh Hodesh Kislev. We entered the month of the year with the coldest days and longest nights, during which we will kindle the flames of the menorah. It was an extraordinarily powerful experience to begin the new month by standing with more than 200 members of our Shaare Torah community and nearly 300,000 members of our multicultural, multi-denominational Jewish family and allies at the March for Israel on the National Mall. Together, we cried out for the return of hostages, took a stand against antisemitism, and sang Hatikvah with our whole, aching hearts. Clinging to hope and rooted in resilience, our Jewish people have persisted through excruciating struggles. Miraculously, we have continued to shine our light.

As we look toward Hanukkah later this month, may we know healing, blessing, more life and more light.

More Light: Hanukkah Happenings at Shaare Torah

(More details to follow next week.)

Wednesday, December 6th

Kentlands Menorah Lighting (pre-Hanukkah)

Kentlands Market Square

6:00 pm

Friday, December 8

Ruach in the Round & Community Shabbat Dinner

6:00 pm

Join us for a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by a festive dinner including latkes and libations.

Please register here for dinner:–latkes–libations-.html

Sunday, December 10

Hanukkah Mitzvahkah: Nesiyah Hanukkah Celebration

10:30 am -12:00 pm

ALL kids grades K-7 are invited to participate in different mitzvah projects at Shaare Torah to bring more light to the world. This event is sponsored by the Social Action Committee.

Early Childhood Hanukkah Extravaganza

4:00-6:00 pm

Families with children five and under will gather for a fun-filled Hanukkah celebration and menorah lighting.

Healing Light: Abitah Album Release Concert

7:00 pm

City State Brewing Company

Mark the fourth night of Hanukkah with a community of music lovers. Share together in candle lighting while listening to a rich and multilayered soundscape of Middle Eastern vibes rooted in devotional music, with influences ranging from contemporary Israeli chant circles to contemplative jazz, mystical hasidic nigunim, and psychedelic folk-rock.

Rabbi Yosef is celebrating the release of his acclaimed new album, Abitah (Rising Song Records) with a full band and a host of special musical guests.

*Presented by Temple Micah’s Storefront Project*

Tickets – $18 available at this link.

Monday, December 11th

More Light at RIO

Lakefront Amphitheater near Guapos

6:00 pm

All are invited to join us and neighboring communities, Beth Ami and Kol Shalom for a lakefront public menorah lighting as we shine light in the darkness and enjoy live Hanukkah music.

Tuesday, December 12th

Torah Tuesday: Hanukkah Edition

12-1 pm

Shaare Torah and Zoom

We’ll explore the Maccabee family drama and what it can teach us about Jewish life today. We’ll also enjoy Hanukkah treats together.