These wonderful Chanukah teachings are available for you to open and download:

Chanukah Celebration

Sunday December 17, 2017 5:00 – 8:00 pm

  • shuk and music
  • snacks to share
  • candle-lighting and songs –
    bring your menorahs/chanukiyot and candles galore! 

Our Chanukah celebration is a wonderful event, made even better by the return of our Chanukah Shuk. Our authors  have books, musicians their CD’s. We feature handcrafted items and vintage, too, so jewelers, potters, knitters, fine artists.

A colleague asked me if Chanukah and Hannukah were the same holiday. What a wonderful opportunity to talk about English ‘transliteration’ and then to answer her real questions about the celebration.

 Tu B’shevat

Tu B’Shevat  (15th of the month of Shevat) is the New Year for the Trees, which offers a wintertime opportunity to appreciate the earth and her bounty.

At P’nai Or we celebrate with a Shabbat afternoon fruit and desert Seder.



Download the Tu B’Shevat Haggadah.

Although it is still wintery here in the north, the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shevat is when sap begins to flow in the trees of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel. We gather after Shabbat davvenen for a unique seder that involves enjoying a variety of fruits that represent our vulnerabilities and strengths.

The almond tree is the first to bloom,and soon the land is covered with the blossoms of Spring!The celebration of Tu B’Shevat is both spiritual and practical. Trees and their different kinds of fruitbecome a metaphor for human beings and our different kinds of spiritual challenges.

Tu B’Shevat is also a time for re-connecting with Judaism’s ecological wisdom as we rededicate ourselves to taking care of the earth and all its plants and creatures.

What to bring

Assorted fruits and nuts sliced and ready to eat  in separate bowls with category number clearly marked.  You may also bring a bottle of white grape juice and one of regular purple grape juice. White or red kosher wine is fine too.

Group 1  Fruits and nuts with hard outer shells and soft inside such as all kinds of nuts, coconuts, pomegranates, oranges, pineapple, banana, kiwi, grapefruits.

Group 2  Fruits with hard pits inside such as: olives, cherries, apricots, apples, peaches, dates, plums, loquats…

Group 3  Fruits that are edible throughout such as strawberry, grapes, figs, raspberries, blueberries, some pears, carob, quince…

Group 4  Special heavenly finger-friendly deserts. Your definition of ecstasy





An eye-popping, gragger-twirling, extravanganza for children of all ages, 1-99! Elaborate costumes, homegrown shpiels/plays, and a musical Megillah reading make this annual celebration a spirited beginning to the spring festival.

”How could Purim and Pesach be related?”

Read this enlightening article to find out!
The Months of Spring: Purim to Pesach