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Guide to Chanukah? Hanuka? Feast of the Maccabees? Channukkah? Hannukka? Chanuqa? Xanuka? Feast of Lights? Channukah? ... Hanukkah!

So, how do you spell this winter holiday? According to the Library of Congress (LC), its ... Hanukkah! So if you do a subject search (where we have assigned a subject heading TO the materials) it will be under that spelling. However, since we have not convinced authors and publishers to follow LC’s example, you will find many different spellings in the titles and contents notes in our catalog.


 spinning dreidelFinding books in the catalog

Search under: Hanukkah
and for the Book of Maccabees, do an title or subject search (under browse search) for:  Bible. Apocrypha. Maccabees.


small wood dreidleFinding books on the shelf

Most Hanukkah books are in the BM 695 H3 section.
Prayers for Hanukkah are located in the BM 675 H3.3 section.
Book of Maccabees start at BS 1821


orange wood dreidleRecorded music

Search the catalog under: Hanukkah music



spinning dreidelFood

While we do not have many books devoted to Hanukkah cooking, there are many Jewish cook books that include holiday recipes.


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Study and teaching

Search the catalog under Hanukkah--Study and teaching or check with the Tartak Learning Center for more educational materials (Tartak@huc.edu)



Recommended websites


Explore Chanukah at Reform Judaism

Includes an overview of the holiday with articles and program ideas for congregations, school groups, and families.

Hanukkah at MyJewishLearning.com

Includes a guided learning section with several lessons, as well as a "how-to" section and bibliography.

Hanukkah music from the collections of the National Sound Archives

Online music you can access by 'streaming' or downloading MP3 files.

How We Celebrate Hanukkah (Big Tent Judaism)

Includes an overview with explanations of the traditions, song lyrics, and recipes

Virtual Chanukah (Chabad)

In-depth explanations of the history and meaning of Hanukkah as well as recipes, activities, and greeting cards.