The Jewish Congregation of Fort Hood is slated to hold its annual Hanukkah party at 7 p.m. Friday at the Spirit of Fort Hood Warrior and Family Chapel Campus.

After the lighting of the menorah, a short, family-friendly Shabbat service will be followed by a Hanukkah party at 7:30 p.m.

“Hanukkah is a fun holiday for everyone, because we get presents, play games and — of course — eat good food,” said Capt. Karyn Berger, Fort Hood rabbi and chaplain for 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. “We all love to light the candles and watch them as they burn, but more importantly, the holiday reminds us that it is up to us to bring light and warmth into our life and the lives of others in the cold and dark places in the world.”

Hanukkah commemorates two miracles. The first is the victory of a small group of freedom fighters, the Maccabees, who prevailed against overwhelming odds to defeat an oppressive regime. The second, the Maccabees returned to the temple to discover only one unbroken cruse of oil to light the ancient menorah, enough for only one night of light. Instead of waiting for more oil to be made, the Maccabees lit the menorah and rededicated the temple that day. The oil miraculously lasted for eight nights.

Participants are welcome to bring their own Menorahs and candles so that everyone can light the candles together.

There will be homemade potato and sweet potato pancakes, kosher jelly donuts and other traditional Jewish foods.

The suggested donation for dinner is $7 per adult and $5 for any child age 13 or younger.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Berger at (646) 981-3032 or or Edith Freyer at

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