Celebrate Hanukah--The Festival of Lights

December 4, 2018 – December 9, 2018

4:00 pm

See details below for exact dates and times.

SHC Hospital Atrium

Sponsored by:
Spiritual Care Service

Everyone is invited!

Celebrate Hanukah--The Festival of Lights

at the menorah in Stanford Hospital Atrium* 

Bring some light into your life and the world.

Festival of Lights Celebration -- Songs, Stories, Lights and Latkes

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 4 pm

Daily Candle Lighting 4:30 pm

Sunday, Dec. 2 – Sunday, Dec. 9

Sponsored by The Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford Medicine*, Spiritual Care Service at Stanford Health Care, Chaplaincy Services at Stanford Children’s Health and the Stanford Jewish Medical Student Association.

For information or special patient visits, please contact: Chaplain Bruce Feldstein MD, (650) 723-3808 bfeldstein@stanfordhealthcare.org http://stanfordhealthcare.org/jewishchaplaincy


About the Holiday

Hanukah, called the Festival of Lights, is one of the best known Jewish holidays. The name, Hanukah, comes from the Hebrew word "to dedicate." This year Hanukah begins on the evening of Sunday, December 2 and ends eight days later, at sundown, on Monday, December 10.

Hanukah celebrates a number of universal themes that are especially meaningful for patients, families and staff at the hospital. These themes include: maintaining hope, persevering against overwhelming odds, recognizing that the impossible can sometimes be possible, experiencing the freedom and comfort of spiritual expression, expressing dedication to that which is most important, and sharing the pleasure of celebrating light with family and friends during the darkest time of the year.

Historically, Hanukah commemorates an event that took place in 163 BCE, in the area around Jerusalem. The ruling government forbade practice of any religions other than their own, including Judaism, and confiscated the Jewish holy temple in Jerusalem. For several years, Jews resisted against overwhelming odds to maintain their religious autonomy. They persevered. After a few years of fighting, they reclaimed and rededicated the temple. As the story is told, when they went to light the temple lamp, they possessed enough purified oil to last just one day, but it burned for eight days. This is why the holiday’s name is derived from the Hebrew word, to dedicate, and why it is celebrated for eight days.

During Hanukah it is customary to light candles each evening, and to enjoy games such as spinning a top (called the dreidl), singing songs, and eating foods fried in oil.

* The Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford Medicine is a community-funded program in the Spiritual Care Service of Stanford Health Care, made possible by many generous individuals, families and organizations. http://stanfordhealthcare.org/jewishchaplaincy

Ongoing every weekday (M-F) from December 4, 2018 through December 9, 2018.
4:00 pm – 4:30 pm
SHC Hospital Atrium

Lecture / Reading 

General Public, Faculty/Staff, Students, Alumni/Friends, Members