September 1, 2014 / 6th of Elul, 5774
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Chanukah 2014 begins on the evening of Tuesday, December 16, and continues for eight days, concluding on December 24.

  • Tuesday, December 16
    6:15pm – 7:00pm
    Montenegro Square, Ashland map
    Sha’arei Shalom will sponsor the lighting of the Ashland town menorah in Montenegro Square (across from Stone’s Public House in downtown Ashland). Come and admire the brand-new menorah sponsored by our congregation. This event is open to the entire Ashland community. Read More
  • Wednesday, December 17
    6:00pm – 9:00pm
    Museum of Fine Arts, Boston map
    Celebrate the miracle, illumination, and innovation of Hanukkah at the Museum of Fine Arts! Read More
  • Sunday, December 21
    10:00am – 12:00pm
    Ashland Middle School, Ashland map
    Sha’arei Shalom’s annual Chanukah party will be on Sunday, December 21st from 10 am-noon at Ashland Middle School. Non-members welcome. Bring your menorah so you can add your light to the community’s collective menorah lighting. Read More
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    Some 42 years ago, Rabbi Dr. Joseph B. Soloveitchik, founder of Maimonides School, explained to a gathering of parents that Judaism is “an experience of intoxicating beauty, enriching man’s life, inspiring his heart. It is a rousing experience… This experiential quality is very... Read More
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    Composer Matti Kovler was so fired up about the vandalism of the Northeastern campus menorah last year that he knew he had to do something about it. Check out his vision of a live menorah for a joyful way to celebrate the end of the Festival of Lights! About the video: On November... Read More
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    These days, there’s a good chance that your Thanksgivukkah celebration is going to include someone who wants the stuffing but not the bird. (And that’s just fine with me—that just means more for us meat-eaters!) This vegetarian-friendly recipe gets its meatiness from mushrooms... Read More
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    This recipe gives a Hanukkah dish a sweet autumnal spin. Rolling the blintzes is a fun step that can be assigned to any kids hanging around the kitchen looking to partake in the fun.     Apple Butter Blintzes Makes 10 to 12 crepes 1 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup... Read More
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    Sweet potatoes are one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. And they’re easy enough to make Hanukkah-appropriate too—simply grate them and turn them into latkes. They’re just as good as the traditional white potato latke, with a bit more sweetness and an even crisper... Read More
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    This year, take a break from your nightly latkes and fry up some pickles instead. This simple version of the trendy bar staple has an airy coating that melts in your mouth. And I’ve found that the coating is the deciding factor in the contentious battle of spears versus chips. Pickle... Read More
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    Chanukah and Christmas are both beautiful holidays and messages. The truth, however, is that they are radically different messages.   Christmas is about peace, love and goodwill on earth. Hallelujah, that is a message we should all get behind. That is the message of many Jewish... Read More
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    Chanukah is not a significant holiday from a halachic (legal) perspective. However, it is perhaps the most important holiday when it comes to Jewish identity and purpose.   It is a timeless and timely message and it comes down to this: deep within each and every one of us there is a... Read More
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    By Lisa Marcus Jones There are more ways to spell Hanukkah than nights of the holiday, and, in true Jewish tradition, each is correct. Likewise, every family has its unique ways of celebrating, either handed down or created through improvisation. When my family returned to the Boston area from... Read More
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    The list of closets goes on. Not all closets are the same but what is the same is the fear,  isolation and lack of integrity we feel for hiding in them.  If we are to live a life of authenticity, fearlessness and connection - eventually we must throw open that door and come out of the... Read More
Lots of Latkes

While there are a number of traditional foods for Chanukah, the latke (pancake fried in oil) has undoubtedly claimed first place in American celebrations of the holiday. Sick of the same old, same old? Try some of these variations:

Hybrid Latkes bring together several different kinds of potatos for a tastier, more interesting pancake.

Sweet Potato Latkes balance the oily goodness with beta carotene.

Cauliflower Latkes really up the ante as a healthy alternative.

Corn Latkes not only taste great, they require no grating!

And if you find yourself wondering what to serve with the latkes, we've got that covered too.