Dear CBI members and friends,
Chag urim sameach — wishing you a joyous festival of lights!
This coming Shabbat is Shabbat Chanukah, and we’ll celebrate on Friday night at 5:30pm with prayer, song, a potluck feast, and plenty of dreidel-playing.
This year we’ll be interweaving a few of the songs of Shabbat (“Shalom Aleichem,” welcoming the angels of Shabbat into our midst, and an abbreviated “Lecha Dodi,” welcoming the Shabbat Bride to join us) with songs of Chanukah.
Bring your own chanukiyah; we’ll kindle all of them together before we light the Shabbat candles.
Because I know of at least one mourner who needs to recite kaddish on Friday night, here will be an opportunity to say mourner’s kaddish in community before we close with a final Chanukah song and move to our potluck feast.
If you have not yet RSVP’d to the office, please do so as soon as you can so we know how many potatoes to peel! And if you’d like to help cook latkes, let us know that too; Tim Hermann has graciously volunteered, and I’m sure he’d appreciate the help.
If you want to refresh your memory on melodies, some are enclosed below.
As we kindle the lights of Chanukah, may we rededicate ourselves to the work of bringing light where there is darkness, and fanning the flames of love and hope wherever we go.
Blessings to all,
Shalom Aleichem, melody by Shneyer, as recorded here by Cantor Jeff Klepper:
(If you can’t see the embedded audio player, you can go directly to the audio file.)
(If you can’t see the embedded audio player, you can go directly to the song online: Lecha Dodi.)
Chanukah Oh Chanukah
(If you can’t see the embedded audio player, you can go directly to the song online: Chanukah Oh Chanukah.)
Maoz Tzur / Rock of Ages
(If you can’t see the embedded audio player, you can go directly to the song online: Maoz Tzur)