All of the festivals in the Hebrew calendar are special times at Neot Kedumim, as almost every one holiday that we celebrate has a connection to the physical Land of Israel and its agriculture in addition to its historical relevance.
Hanukkah is no exception, as we celebrate the unlikely victory of the Jewish Maccabees, who lived in the area right next to Neot Kedumim’s modern-day location, over the vast Greek army in the year 165 BCE. During Hanukkah we also pay close attention to the olives, that are harvested at this time of year and that play such a central role in the story of the Maccabees victory and re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Last week, some 1,800 guests joined Neot Kedumim in enjoying the wondrous Festival of Lights, Hanukkah.
Families from all over Israel enjoyed nature hikes in the footsteps of the Maccabees, and children had a wonderful time following the paths of the “lost latke,” the “latke who wore a costume,” and the light of the olive oil.
Special Hanukkah performances and hands-on creative workshops were held throughout the week as well. At times they were messy, but they were always fun and educational as well.