Jmore’s Holiday Guide 2018 features recipe suggestions, a look at Chanukah customs and more Festival of Lights fun. So, let us help you get through the rest of the year in one festive piece.

Latkes

Latkes (Photo courtesy The Classic Catering People)

Chanukah

Chanukah Brew Ha Ha Lights Up Union Collective:  This year’s Festival of Lights soiree was held on Dec. 4 at Union Craft Brewing’s brand new location in the new Union Collective compound in Woodberry.

DC101’s Roche Gets Lit with ‘Jew Rock Marathon’: On Dec. 6 — smack dab in the middle of Chanukah — a radio station to the south of us will spin three hours of music by Jewish rockers both beloved and reviled.

Watch These 8 Movies in Honor of Chanukah: One thing that’s seriously lacking — yes, still, in 2018 — is the amount of films that exist about Chanukah.

13 Books to Gift Yourself or Someone Else This Chanukah: We’ve found 13 books released in 2018 for every type of person in your life. And because we could, they’re all female authors.

Where’s Irving Berlin When You Need Him? It’s a pity Irving Berlin didn’t write a Chanukah song, because his “White Christmas” shows exactly how to turn a holiday ditty into a timeless song.

Jewish Museum of Maryland Holds Annual Bake Off: The JMM’s third annual cooking contest featured baked goods that are usually best eaten with a schmeer of cream cheese or butter.

In Holland, One of the World’s Most Expensive Chanukah Menorahs Hides in Plain Sight: Nothing about the appearance of object MB02280 at Amsterdam’s Jewish Historical Museum suggests it is the capital’s priciest Chanukah menorah.

Chanukah 101: Answering Some Age-Old, Oft-Asked Questions About Chanukah

Chanukah Fire Safety Tips: Here are some helpful tips to help you minimize the risks of the holiday and have a safe and bright Festival of Lights.

Recipes: A Baker’s Dozen of Jewish Treats: From chocolaty, sticky babkas to sugary, flaky rugelach, we’ve got all your childhood favorites — with a non-traditional spin.

More Chanukah recipes

 

Wrapping paper

Wrapping paper (Photo by Amanda Krotki)

Whatever you’re celebrating

Why Hallmark Shouldn’t Do Chanukah: Richard Gorelick writes about his obsession with Hallmark Christmas Movies.

This Santa Claus is an Orthodox Jew: Just like any other Santa Claus, Santa Rick will spend much of the next couple of weeks sitting children on his knee, asking whether they’ve been good and listening to their Christmas wishes.

Yule Be Sorry, Mr. President: It’s heart-warming that we live in a nation where we feel free to say merry Christmas or happy Chanukah or anything else we choose without some politician attempting to turn it into a political tool to divide us.

Recipes: Let’s Talk Turkey: Tired of serving the same old feast to your family year after year? Canned cranberry glop, overly thick mashed potatoes, sickly sweet yams, store bought pie … you can do better than that.

Presents of Mind: Jmore staff members share their stories about their favorite, worst and sweetest gifts.

8 Crazy Holiday Shopping Events: Here are some holiday markets that will help you avoid the mall.

Six Tips for Wine Pairing: Wondering which wines to pair with whatever’s on the menu?

Top Event Picks for December: Holiday Edition: From Baltimore’s biggest Chanukah party to a hilarious, holiday-themed comedy show, we’ve got it all here.

Find a holiday event in our events calendar!

November 2018 Recipes: In November, we featured traditional Jewish baked goods with a modern twist, holiday dishes and plenty of potatoes.

 

Season for giving

Season of Giving: 5 Who Thrive at Paying it Forward: The five individuals profiled here are shining examples of those beloved precepts in Judaism of tzedakah (righteous or charitable giving) and gemilut hasadim (acts of kindness).

Channels of Giving: Here are some Baltimore-area nonprofits that could use your help.