Festival of Lights

Martha and Bill Sampson leading the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah undefined

Martha and Bill Sampson leading the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah

Marlene Diskin

Forty members and friends of the Ranch’s Shalom Club celebrated the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah together at a party at the home of Martha and Bill Sampson on December 18. Known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah commemorates a military victory in 165 B.C. of the Jewish Maccabees over the Syrian army. After the victory, the Maccabees rededicated their temple by lighting an ‘eternal flame.’ There was just enough oil to burn for one day, but miraculously the oil lasted for eight days…and that is why on each of the eight nights of Hanukkah, candles are lit on the menorah, the nine branched candelabrum.

It is traditional to eat fried foods during Hanukkah as a symbol of the sacred oil and the all-time favorite is potato pancakes, known as latkes. Sherry Weiss and Sandy Jessop made the latkes for this year’s party, and many other guests brought delectables to add to the celebration. “No one ever goes hungry at a Jewish party,” said Martha.

The Shalom Club provides an opportunity for Jewish residents of SaddleBrooke Ranch, spouses and interested friends to gather for the enjoyment and exploration of Jewish life in contemporary America. All are welcome. For more information contact Leslie Gordon, 520-333-4009, [email protected].