Hanukah, meaning "dedication" in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "re-dedication" of the Temple in Jerusalem.

The modern home celebration of Hanukah centers around the lighting of the chanukiah, a special menorah for Hanukah; unique foods, latkes and jelly doughnuts; and special songs and games.

Temple Beth Israel usually has a family Hanukah dinner.