Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, starts at sundown Tuesday, Dec. 12, and runs through Dec. 20.
Interfaith Family’s webpage, interfaithfamily.com, is one of many references online that can help families learn about the holiday.
Among the site’s references is a “Jewish Holidays Cheat Sheet.” Here’s some of what it says about Hanukkah:
“Hebrew name means: Dedication.
“What’s it about? Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday that commemorates the Jewish recapture and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE.
“Pronounce it: The initial H in Hanukkah is a guttural one, like the J in José. So Hhhhhhanooka. You’ll be fine, don’t worry. …
“Foods: Fried foods, especially potato pancakes, called latkes, and jelly doughnuts called sufganiyot.
“Activities: The main observance is lighting the candles in a ceremonial lamp called a hanukkiah or Hanukkah menorah. Playing with a top called a dreidel is another fun tradition. Hanukkah is a minor holiday in the sense that there is no requirement to abstain from work.
“Symbols of the holiday: Menorah, candles, dreidel.
“Greeting: Happy Hanukkah!”
The site has many other helps. Visit its holiday section to see more, including a downloadable booklet, recipes and explanations of the traditional foods, and other tips for the holidays.
Chabad of Baton Rouge is sponsoring some activities for Hanukkah. Visit chabadbr.com for contact and reservation information for the events.
- A build-your-own Menorah Workshop will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, at Home Depot, 10300 Coursey Blvd. It's free, but reservations are required.
- Top Chef-Chanukah Edition, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, will pit two chefs against each other for the title of “Top Latke Chef” at Rouses, 14630 Village Market St. A 9-foot menorah will be lit. The event is free.
- A Greek Shabbat will start with a service at 6:30 p.m. followed by a meal at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at 2811 Calanne Ave. Reservations required. Adult meals are $18, children’s are $10 with a total of $54 per family.
- Chanukah at the State Capitol is 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, at the front steps of the Capitol building.
Visit chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/Lighting_listing.htm to find activities elsewhere.