Chanukah Blessings & Songs

Chanukah Blessings 
First Blessing

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav v'tsivanu l'hadlik ner shel Chanukah.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who hallows us with mitzvot, commanding us to kindle the Chanukah lights.


Second Blessing

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, she-asah nisim laavoteinu v'imoteinu bayamim hahaeim baz'man hazeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, who performed wonderous deeds for our ancestors in days of old at this season.


Shehechiyanu (Only said on the first night)

Baruch atah, Adonai Eloheinu, Melech haolam, shehecheyanu v'kiy'manu v'higianu laz'man hazeh.

Blessed are You, Adonai our God, Sovereign of all, for giving us life, for sustaining us, and for enabling us to reach this season.

Chanukah Blessings from the URJ 

Connection Group & Congregational Celebrations:
Munch & Mitzvah -
Wednesday, December 7
Young Friends Chanukah Party - Saturday, December 11
Families with Young Children Sing-a-Long - Sunday, December 11
RSTY Chanukah Shul-in - December 17
Sing-a-Long at the Philadelphian - December 18
Buerger Early Learning Center Chanukah Celebration - Wednesday, December 21
Shabbat Service & Chanukah Celebration - Friday, December 30

Chanukah Resources:
Lots of Latke Toppings (New York Times)
How to Play the Deidel Game (My Jewish Learning)
8 Nights of Dedication for Chanukah 

Chanukah Songs
Maoz Tzur
Transliteration
Ma-oz Tzur Y'shu-a-ti
Le-cha Na-eh L'sha-bei-ach
Ti-kon Beit T'fi-la-ti
V'sham To-da N'za-bei-ach
L'eit Ta-chin Mat-bei-ach
Mi-tzar Ha-mi-ga-bei-ach
Az Eg-mor B'shir Miz-mor
Cha-nu-kat Ha-miz-bei-ach
Az Eg-mor B'shir Miz-mor
Cha-nu-kat Ha-miz-bei-ach

Popular English Translation (Rock of Ages)
Rock of ages, let our song
Praise Your saving power;
You, amid the raging foes,
Were our sheltering tower.
Furious they assailed us,
But Your arm availed us,
And Your word,
Broke their sword,
When our own strength failed us.

Chanukah O Chanukah
Chanukah, Oh Chanukah, come light the Menorah
Let's have a party; we'll all dance the hora
Gather round the table, we'll all have a treat
Sivivon to play with, and latkes to eat.

And while we are playing
The candles are burning bright
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago.
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago.

Sivivon
Sevivon, sov, sov, sov
Hanukkah hu chag tov
Hanukkah hu chag tov
Sevivon, sov, sov, sov

Chag simcha hu la'am
Nes gadol haya sham
Nes gadol haya sham
Chag simcha hu la'am

Translation (Dreidel)
Dreidel, turn, turn, turn
While the lovely candles burn
What a great holiday
Watch us sing and watch us play

Tell the story everywhere
A great miracle happened there
It's a festival of lights
For eight days and for eight nights.