Faith Factor | North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation invites you to pre-Hanukkah party, services |

Faith Factor | North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation invites you to pre-Hanukkah party, services

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Rabbi Beth Beyer makes latkes with religious school students Eliana Sass and Sawyer Thompson in preparation for Hanukkah.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation (NTHC) will host a pre-Hanukkah party on Sunday, Nov. 24, 5-8 p.m. The night’s festivities include Sisterhood’s traditional brisket and latke dinner, Hanukkah-themed music and games including Dreidel and other fun activities for all ages.

The Sisterhood gift shop will be open with Hanukkah and other Jewish-themed items for sale including wrapping paper, Menorahs, and other gifts. The entire community is welcome to this fun, family friendly event. Jew and non-Jews alike are welcome to attend to celebrate the traditions of Hanukkah.

Tickets are $25 for the whole family or $12/adult and $5/child (age 8 -12). Children under 8 are free. Pricing at the door is higher. RSVP is a must by contacting Cookie at or 775-298-2665.


Hanukkah (or Hanukkah or a variety of other spellings) is also called the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah means rededication and is an eight-night minor Jewish holiday celebrating the return of the Jewish Temple from the Greeks. The story is told that there was only enough oil to light the flames at the temple for one day; however, miraculously, the oil burned for eight days.

In 2013, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Nov. 27 and runs to sunset on Dec. 5. This is the first time in history the first day of Hanukkah is also on Thanksgiving. Hanukkah and Thanksgiving will overlap in the future, but the next time the first night is on Thanksgiving is in the year 79,811. Find details at

Each night, an additional candle is lit in a Menorah, a candle holder that holds eight candles and one additional helper.

A traditional Hanukkah game is Dreidel, a top with Hebrew letters printed on the four sides. Traditional foods include potato latkes (or potato pancakes) and jelly donuts (named sufganiyot). Both of these foods follow the custom of eating fried foods during this time to celebrate the miracle of the oil.


North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation (NTHC) is a full service, member supported, Jewish congregation lead by Rabbi Beth Beyer serving all of North Lake Tahoe. Located in Tahoe Vista, NTHC serves families from Truckee, Tahoe City, Kings Beach and Incline Village.

Services are every Friday starting a 7 p.m. The Temple is full of activities including religious school, Torah Tot’s program, adult education, Sisterhood and Men’s club. Guests and vacationers are welcome to attend services. The congregation is always happy to see new faces and welcome all to services and events.

North Tahoe Hebrew Congregation is located at 7000 Latone Ave. in Tahoe Vista. Visit or call 530-546-0895.

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