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Happy Hanukkah

07 Dec 2023

Wishing our colleagues and students a happy Hanukkah

Image of a menorah

Hanukkah is the Jewish eight-day wintertime festival of lights. It is celebrated with a nightly menorah lighting, special prayersand fried foods. This year it will take place from Thursday, 7 to Friday, 15 December

The Hebrew word Hanukkah means dedication and celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in the second century BCE. 

It is tradition to light a candle, which is then placed in a menorah, each day of the festival. In total, eight candles are lit. The shamash, a master candle, is used to light the other candles.   

Food and gifts 

Traditional celebratory foods include food fried in oil for example doughnuts and potato latkes which symbolise the miracle of the oil remaining lit for eight nights.  

Each night, children are given gifts or money called Hannukah gelt. 


All staff, students and the wider community are invited to take part in a public lighting of the menorah in Brunswick Park (outside Simon Building) at 5pm on Thursday, 7 December. 

More information 

We aim to take an integrated approach that celebrates individuals and their many identities to ensure that we are truly inclusive of all our community. This is set out in our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy.    


If during this celebratory time of year, you may be away from friends and family, university-wide support is available such as: