From the team behind Seder2020, The Great Big Jewish Food Festival and PAUSE: First Fridays comes Here for Hanukkah. Built on the success of the Here for The High Holidays platform, Here for Hanukkah brings engaging content, curated resources and user-supported gatherings to the site.
Known as the eight-day Festival of Lights, at its core Chanukah is a dedication of light at the darkest time of year – it is a reminder that we are stronger together when we share our light. By offering ways to safely observe and celebrate during the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Here for Hanukkah provides the best of Chanukah, all in one digital space.
On the Hebrew calendar, Chanukah begins on the 25th of Kislev and is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts; this year it is from the evening of Dec. 10 through Dec. 18. As with most everything else in 2020, this year’s celebration will be different. With Here for Hanukkah, OneTable is providing a free resource offering a wide variety of Chanukah assets. Information and options can be found at herefor.com.
While Shabbat dinners supported by the nonprofit OneTable have traditionally focused on the 21- to 35-year-old demographic, Here for is a broader, adaptable piece of technology available to anyone. Initially launched to support the High Holidays, Here for has evolved into a malleable platform available to individuals and organizations to modify, plan and share their experience. As Here for Hanukkah, the site offers enough content to fill eight days, including DIY projects and resources and user-supported gatherings (either virtual or safely in person). Communities and individuals alike can organize digital gift exchanges, donut-making workshops, candle-lightings and more.
In collaboration with nationally recognized partner organizations, Here for has curated Chanukah resources for all ages. Visitors to the site can find guides and DIY inspiration to elevate their holiday experiences at home. Learn the Chanukah blessings with a video from BBYO, dive into OneTable’s guide on Shabbanukkah, order Chanukah activity boxes from Days United, explore PJ Library’s 10 kid-approved Chanukah recipes and more!
When COVID-19 took hold, OneTable pivoted from its model of in-person Shabbat dinners to offer virtual and socially responsible options and has hosted nearly 13,000 dinners since March. With Passover, OneTable shifted focus and developed Seder2020, an online resource allowing users to create or join a virtual seder experience; more than 36,000 people participated. Several initiatives launched since March have a common thread – community building + technology; it is finding and strengthening community in a time when that isn’t easily done.
Visit onetable.org for more information on year-round resources for young adults.