Chanukah Values

Chanukiah with a value written on each of the eight candles

Explore the meaning and traditions of this holiday through the lens of eight Chanukah values. Community, conservation, courage, education, Israel, light, miracles, and rededication are thoughtfully examined in this complete Chanukah guide.

Educators can choose any of the questions, activities, and reading resources to create exciting and diverse lesson plans. Likewise, families can use the eight-night structure and learning materials to craft a fun and cohesive Chanukah experience.

This comprehensive Chanukah guide includes the following resources:

  • Eight individual sets of lesson ideas, split into four categories
    • Learn: Description of the holiday value
    • Ask:  Questions to discuss as a family (for a “fireside chat”)
    • Do:  Activities to do together
    • Read:  PJ Library book suggestions
  • Complete PDF for easy viewing and printing

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