Holding the Dark with the Light: A Hadar Hanukkah Companion


Hanukkah can be a magical time for kids and families to celebrate, learn, and grow together. That’s why we’re excited to offer Hadar’s first-ever Children and Families Hanukkah Companion, which is now available for download in full color and printer-friendly versionsWith an engaging and kid-oriented designthis resource will spark learning and discussion for children and families as you celebrate Hanukkah at home.  

For adults, we’re proud to offer Holding the Dark with the Light: A Hadar Hanukkah Companion, also available for download now. These texts have been curated to both recognize the difficulty of this moment and offer support from our spiritual tradition. This year, we can acknowledge the darkness and embrace the light simultaneously.

Holding the Dark with the Light: A Hadar Hanukkah Companion

As children, we learn to be afraid of the dark. We learn to associate darkness with the unknown, monsters under the bed, and shadows that loom eerily out of proportion. But what if we could hold the darkness as we hold the light? What if this year, when we light the candles of our hanukiyah, we admire not only the light of the fire but acknowledge the place of the darkness? As your candles burn and you hold both light and darkness, gather yourself and your loved ones, and make space in your home for a little learning.

Hadar's Children and Families Companion

With a kid-oriented and engaging design, this resource is intended for use with children and families for learning and discussion as you celebrate Hanukkah at home. Use this resource every night of Hanukkah, along with activities designed by Pedagogy of Partnership, to guide your learning as a family.



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