While the Jewish Holidays always come right on time as scheduled, this year everything seemed to happen earlier than expected. As the days are getting shorter and the air grows chilly, Hanukkah is no exception; the first night arrives on Nov. 28 and the holiday concludes on Dec. 6.

    With our festival of miracles and light just around the corner, Omaha Chabad is busily preparing all sorts of fun and festivities for our community and invites all to join them in spreading the light. Covid precautions will be followed at all events hosted by Chabad of Nebraska.

Latke Truck

    What’s not to like about food trucks!? Hot delicious food on the go has become so popular, so why not reserve a visit to your home, school, office or Hanukkah party from the Chabad Latke Truck? Available during the week of Hanukkah only, The Latke Truck will bring fresh latkes with traditional accompaniments to you! Contact us at RabbiEli@ochabad.com for more details and to set a date and time. Availability is limited and reservations - requested by Nov. 15- will be first come first served. Call today to secure your day and time!

Bagel Menorah

    There is perhaps no more a quintessential Jewish American food than bagels and a shmear. While fried foods typically draw the spotlight on Hanukkah, dairy is a slightly lesser known holiday food tradition, stemming from Yehudit’s clever use of super salty cheeses to invoke insatiable thirst in the Greek general who was planning a slaughter of the Maccabees. Desperate to quench the thirst brought on by over-indulging in Yehudit’s cheese, the general drank himself into a stupor allowing our heroine to strike him - and his evil plot - down. While nothing so dramatic will happen at Chabad’s event on Nov. 28 at 3 p.m. in Aksarben Village, attendees will enjoy fresh bagels and cream cheese while witnessing the lighting of a giant menorah frame adorned with... bagels! You’ll have to see it to believe it!

Annual Boys Town Menorah Lighting and Hanukkah Car Parade

   The annual Boys Town Menorah Lighting has become a beloved Omaha Hanukkah tradition. As in years past, Boys Town residents and staff along with Chabad and members of the Omaha Jewish community come together to light the giant menorah on Boys Town’s campus and to learn about and celebrate the meaning of Hanukkah with fod, dance and song. This year’s Boys Town menorah lighting will take place on Dec. 6 at 4 p.m., the final night of Hanukkah. The on-campus festivities end with the beginning of the Hanukkah Car Parade through Omaha along a preplanned route complete with police escort! For more information, to volunteer or to reserve your Car Top Menorahs and roof protectors, please register at ochabad.com/chanukahrsvp.

Hanukkah Gifts for the Elderly

    Small holiday gift packages are available for the elders in our community. The community is invited to submit names and addresses for a special Hanukkah delivery. We are also looking for volunteers to help pack and deliver gift packages. Please contact mushka@ochabad.com with name requests or to volunteer!

Hanukkah Instagram Giveaway

    This was such a hit the past two years, we had to bring it back again! It’s super easy and all you need to do is take a selfie - or 8!-  of yourself celebrating Hanukkah and tag  @Chabad ofnebraska for a chance to win any number of fabulous prizes! There are unlimited entries. Winners will be chosen after Hanukkah and notified via their instagram account and then contacted for a mailing address or pick up at Chabad. Please be sure to follow our page @chabadofnebraska to be updated on all the important details!