What is Hanukkah?
Hanukkah is one of the most beautiful Jewish holidays, it commemorates the win of the Maccabees against the Greeks’ impositions of their Gods, even after the whole city was destructed. During Hanukkah, people come together to light the candles of the Menorah and sing traditional songs.
Traditions of Hannukah
The main traditions of this holiday include lighting the candles each night of the week and eating fried foods, including Sufganiyot (or filled donuts).
You can find AMAZING donuts across Tel Aviv, but we went and tried out a few of the city’s trusted favourites, click here to read our guide on Tel Aviv’s Best Donuts (or Sugfaniyot in local lingo).
There are many communal events and candle lightings for Hanukkah all around Israel,
Synagogues in Tel Aviv for Hanukkah
If you are looking for a synagogue during the holiday, check out Secret Tel Aviv’s ‘Guide to Olim Friendly Synagogues’.
Learn more about holidays in Israel – Check out our Holidays in Israel Guide!
Traveling to Tel Aviv for the Holiday?
Where to stay?
Your first step is to find somewhere to sleep. We have guides for all of the Best Hotels in Israel, including Tel Aviv’s Best Hotels (best of the best), Tel Aviv’s Best Boutique Hotels (exclusive and tasteful) and Tel Aviv’s Best Hostels (fun and affordable)! You can book hotels directly through Secret Tel Aviv’s Booking.com Platform. (That amazing pool on the left belongs to The Norman Tel Aviv).
Get to know Israel
Israel is a country with thousands of amazing things to see and do. We’ve teamed up with two of Israel’s top tour companies to find the Best Tours in Israel, including tours in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Petra, the Dead Sea, West Bank and Christian tours. There is something for every taste – sightseeing tours, walking tours, camping tours, Segway tours and more.
Tel Aviv is a foodie’s paradise with amazing food from all over the world, check out our Food and Drink Guides voted by our community of over 150K Tel Avivians, we have everything from Tel Aviv’s Best Breakfast and the Best Sushi in Tel Aviv, to Tel Aviv’s Best Bars and Clubs and Tel Aviv’s Best Cocktail Bars. For more ideas, click here to check out all the Food and Drink guides.
Tel Aviv is full of cool things to do! One of the favorite activities in the city is going to the beach to relax during the summer, exercise or play a sport. Check out our events calendar to find Tel Aviv’s best parties, and our weekly newsletter for the top weekly tips, including pop up markets, concerts and exhibitions, escape rooms and other cool activities. Check out our Top Things to Do in Tel Aviv guide for more ideas!