The History of Hanukkah in America

Nov 27, 2013

The eight day Jewish festival of lights, known by the general public for its candles and dreidels is an ancient celebration of religious freedom and a miracle. Now, the author of a new book offers a uniquely American take on the holiday and how in this country, it was transformed from a minor festival to a major occasion.


  • Dianne Ashton - professor of Religion Studies at Rowan University. She is the author of four books, most recently, Hanukkah in America: A History.  She also edits the scholarly journal, American Jewish History.
  • Robin Nafshi - Rabbi of Temple Beth Jacob in Concord