Reboot Gives Light for Hanukkah

February 7, 2018


Give Light re-imagines the concept of gift giving during Hanukkah as a time for tikkun olam. The initiative asks people to consider how and why they “give light” to others this season.

It means giving time, talents, thoughts or money to causes you believe in. It may mean speaking up to injustice, supporting a friend or loved one in need – or something completely unique to you.

This past Hanukkah season, we had 109 Give Light events across the country with 7,411 participants giving light to a person or cause. We spread Give Light from New York to Los Angeles.


Here’s what various participants in Chicago had to say about Give Light:

I’m Dana and I’m 32 years old. Participating in Give Light tonight makes me really think about how I want to end this year and go into the next one. It helped give me perspective and get excited for new adventurous opportunities and challenges.
My name 'Karen' actually means ‘light’, so seeing this Give Light Hanukkah initiative just kind of strengthened within me that I should live up to the meaning of my name, giving light to people. So, I wrote that I want to treat all people as cheerfully as I would a sick friend, with kindness and love. That’s how I plan on giving light.
Just added to the Give Light board and it was a meaningful reflection of the embodiment of light during this holiday season and how we can make a connection directly to the light within ourselves. I feel that is a meaningful reflection and to reflect on how I can give this season. I posted 'compassion', something that I’m working with in my professional work recently and also personal relationships - just to be more of a presence of compassion with other people who I work with or friends, loved ones, and others. I’m glad to make that connection in a Jewish context this Hanukkah season. Thanks for the opportunity to do that.

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