Hanukkah: A Festival of DeLights

Hanukkah: A Festival of DeLights

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Hanukkah: A Festival of DeLights examines the traditions at the center of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah, including lighting candles for eight nights on the lamp known as a menorah.

Courtesy of Yehoshua Halevi.

Explore the evolution of Hanukkah from its origin as a small holiday within Judaism to one of major prominence in assimilated Americans Jewish life. 

Throughout the program, a brother and sister, children on the cusp of their Jewish adulthood, learn on-screen how to make potato latkes (pancakes) from their bubbe (grandmother) and ask questions about the meaning of the holiday of their rabbi, reinforcing the role of Hanukkah as a powerful connection between generations past and future and exploring its complicated history. Hanukkah: A Festival of DeLights airs Wednesday, December 5 at 7 p.m. and Thursday, December 6 at 2 p.m. on WXXI-WORLD

Interviews include actors William Shatner and Lainie Kazan, author Abigail Pogrebin, rabbis, historians, artists and more sharing historical background and personal memories of a unique holiday that connects generations of Jewish families. 

Hanukkah remains a key part of Jewish life for those interviewed.  Actor Lainie Kazan, preparing for her grandson’s first holiday with family filled with holiday songs to “bring him into our world” asserts, “If I can keep the candles lit the rest of my life I’ll be very happy."