As we prepare to celebrate Judaism’s eight-day Festival of Lights, Pacifica Senior Living would like to wish a Happy Hanukkah season to all. Hanukkah occurs annually during a different eight-day period, falling between the end of November and the end of December.
Jewish people around the world light menorahs and give gifts each day to commemorate the miracle of the oil in the lamp stands in the temple in Jerusalem during the Maccabean revolt. The oil was not replenished for eight days the temple was under siege and miraculously, the lights never went out. The lighting of the menorahs each day reminds all Jewish people of the provision of the One who inhabited the Temple.
At Pacifica Senior Living, we look forward to celebrating Hanukkah with our residents as we light menorahs, share gifts, sing traditional holiday hymns, and reminisce together about past beloved memories. We invite our residents to play with the dreidel with their friends and caregivers, in remembrance of the Maccabees to hide their study of the Torah — an act forbidden by law at the time.
As with most festive occasions, our culinary staff are excited to participate by offering traditional Hanukkah menu options such as latkes and matzo ball soup, and we will even encourage residents’ families to bring a small gift of gelt (small foil-covered chocolate coins) to put a smile on their loved ones’ face!
Possibly the most famous Jewish holiday, millions of people celebrate Hanukkah worldwide and our communities are no exception. We invite families to spend Hanukkah alongside their loved ones at Pacifica Senior Living, enjoying time together as they make lifelong holiday memories. We invite families to contact us below for more information about our Hanukkah celebrations, or to learn more about our policies for families visiting during the holidays. While visiting policies may vary from typical celebrations due to COVID-19, we continue to follow all precaution and endeavor to make the holiday as special as we can while ensuring protocols are followed.
From our family to yours, Happy Hanukkah! We look forward to spending the Festival of Lights with you and your loved ones.