Get ready to light up your Hanukkah festivities with a Fun, Festive, and Enlightening Trivia Night!
What is Hanukkah also known as?A) The Festival of Lights
How many branches does a traditional Hanukkah menorah have?A) Nine
What game is commonly played during Hanukkah using a spinning top?A) Dreidel
What oil-based food is traditionally eaten during Hanukkah?A) Latkes
What does each candle on the menorah represent?A) Each night of Hanukkah
In which month does Hanukkah usually occur?A) Kislev
Which Hanukkah song includes the lyrics 'Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah, come light the menorah'?A) "Oh Hanukkah"
What are the chocolate coins given during Hanukkah called?A) Gelt
What is the name of the ninth candle used to light the other candles on a menorah?A) Shamash
Which Jewish hero is often associated with Hanukkah?A) Judah Maccabee
What does 'Hanukkah' mean in Hebrew?A) Dedication
Which vegetable is traditionally used to make latkes?A) Potatoes
How many nights does Hanukkah last?A) Eight
What type of oil is significant in the Hanukkah story?A) Olive oil
What is a common dairy food eaten during Hanukkah?A) Cheese
What does the dreidel's Hebrew letter 'Nun' stand for?A) Nes (Miracle)
In what country did Hanukkah originate?A) Israel
Which Hanukkah song was written by Adam Sandler?A) "The Hanukkah Song"
What is the central theme of Hanukkah?A) The miracle of the oil
What type of pastry is often eaten on Hanukkah in Israel?A) Sufganiyot (Jelly donuts)
What miracle is Hanukkah based on?A day's worth of oil lasting eight days.
In what year was the first White House Hanukkah Party?2001.
Which country started the tradition of eating jelly donuts during Hanukkah?Israel.
What is the Hebrew term for the Hanukkah menorah?Hanukkiah.
Who was the king that the Maccabees revolted against?Antiochus IV Epiphanes.
Which book of the Apocrypha tells the story of Hanukkah?The Book of Maccabees.
What is the significance of the number '36' in Hanukkah?Total number of candles lit during the eight nights (excluding the shamash).
What does the Hebrew letter 'Gimel' signify in a dreidel game?You get everything in the pot.
Which 2002 movie featured a Hanukkah celebration?"Eight Crazy Nights."
What is a modern addition to the menorah in some households?Electric lights.
Which city is famous for its large public menorah lighting?New York City.
What traditional game uses a top with Hebrew letters?Dreidel.
What does the Hebrew letter 'Hei' signify in a dreidel game?Take half of the pot.
What are the four Hebrew letters on a dreidel?Nun, Gimel, Hei, Shin.
What is the traditional Hanukkah garment?Hanukkah gelt pouch.
What is unique about the candle arrangement on a menorah?The shamash is typically set apart or higher than the others.
What is a popular Hanukkah song that celebrates spinning the dreidel?"Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel."
Which two tribes are associated with the story of Hanukkah?The Maccabees and the Seleucids.
What is the name of the Jewish festival that occurs close to Hanukkah?Kislev.
What is the color of the wax often used for Hanukkah candles?Blue and white.
What is the traditional Hebrew song sung after lighting the menorah candles?"Ma'oz Tzur."
Which ancient Jewish historian wrote about Hanukkah?Flavius Josephus.
What is the name of the ancient fortress in Jerusalem associated with the Maccabees?Masada.
Which Hebrew letter is added to the dreidel in Israel?Pei (for 'Po', meaning 'here').
What is the specific prayer recited during Hanukkah candle lighting?"Hanerot Halalu."
What is the rare occasion when Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving called?Thanksgivukkah.
In which battle did Judah Maccabee reclaim Jerusalem?The Battle of Beth Zur.
What is the name of the special nine-branched menorah used during Hanukkah?Hanukkiah.
Which empire ruled over Judea during the Maccabean Revolt?The Seleucid Empire.
What is the traditional Hebrew term for the oil jug in the Hanukkah story?Pach Shemen.
What rare astronomical event occurred during Hanukkah in 2013?A Hanukkah comet (Comet ISON).
What is the specific term for the act of publicizing the miracle of Hanukkah?Pirsumei Nisa.
What is the rare calendar convergence of Hanukkah and Christmas called?Chrismukkah.
Which Jewish sage is credited with establishing the Hanukkah festival?Rabbi Hillel.
What is the Hebrew term for the dedication of the altar during Hanukkah?Chanukat Hamizbeach.
What ancient text contains the rules for playing dreidel?There is no ancient text; dreidel rules are passed down through tradition.
What is the name of the ancient Jewish military leader who is a symbol of Hanukkah?Judah Maccabee.
Which Jewish philosopher discussed the importance of Hanukkah lights?Maimonides.
What is the name of the special insert for Hanukkah prayers in the Amidah?Al Hanissim.
Which rare scriptural book is read in some traditions during Hanukkah?Scroll of Antiochus.