Hanukkah 2012 in Brookfield

Celebrate the Festival of Lights in Brookfield with special services and delicious recipes.

This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16.

According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8

There are no synagogues in Brookfield, however listed below are two in Danbury and one in New Milford:

  • B'nai Israel, 193 Clapboard Ridge Road, Danbury, 203-792-6161
  • United Jewish Center, 141 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury, 203-743-1180
  • Temple Sholom, 122 Kent Road, New Milford, 860-354-0273

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the story of the Maccabean Revolt against Syrian rulers in present day Israel 2,300 years ago. The Maccabees wanted to rededicate Jerusalem's main temple but had only enough oil to kindle the Eternal Light for one day. The oil lasted for eight days, according to the story, and the holiday of Hanukkah was born.

Today, Jews generally celebrate by gathering together with family, lighting one candle on the menorah each of the eight nights, playing dreidel and eating special holiday foods such as potato latkes and babka.

TELL US: If you observe Hanukkah, what are your plans?

Barbara Uziel December 06, 2012 at 10:32 PM
There is also Temple Sholom in New Milford. Never heard of babka being a traditional Chanukah food; usually it's jelly doughnuts.
Aaron Boyd (Editor) December 07, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Thanks Barbara, we've added Temple Sholom to the list.
Steven DeVaux December 07, 2012 at 10:11 PM
There's also Congregation Adath Israel in Newtown which is closer for many Brookfielders than Danbury.


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