Hanukkah teaching resources

For eight days, people of the Jewish faith celebrate the festival of light, or Hanukkah, and remember the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. More than 2,000 years ago Jewish forces defeated the Syrian leader Antiochus and celebrated by lighting an oil lamp in their temple. Although they wanted the lamp to burn continuously, they found that there was only enough oil for it to burn for one night. Despite this, the oil lamp stayed lit for eight days and it is this Miracle of the Oil that is celebrated every Hanukkah. Teach children about the ceremonial Menorah candelabrum or play the dreidel game, by using these free teaching resources.

Introducing Hanukkah

  • A concise introduction to the Hanukkah story.

The colours of Hanukkah

  • Help pupils remember colours with the objects of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah traditions

  • From latkes to dreidel games, explore the festivities of the Hanukkah holiday with this PowerPoint.

Judaism

  • Try this whole school assembly to introduce non-Jewish students to the Jewish faith, there’s research points highlighted too to encourage students to find out more.

Jewish traditions

  • From Kosher food to the ten plagues, there are plenty of activities and topics to fill a scheme of work on Judaism here.

The Jewish way

  • What’s a kippah and who is the Rabbi? Help pupils discover how Jewish people worship with this informative PowerPoint.

Picturing Hanukkah

  • Images to stimulate discussion about the Jewish festival.

Spot the Hanukkah celebration

  • Introduce students to Hanukkah with this photo starter that asks “what’s happening here?”.

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

  • Introduce students to Hanukkah with this photo starter that asks “what’s happening here?”.

A scheme for Hanukkah

  • Introduce the history and celebrations of the Jewish festival of light with this three-lesson plan.

Power of light

  • Show students the symbols shared by those of the Christian, Hindu and Jewish faith with this presentation about the importance of light in religion.