Happy Hanukkah from WCVE Public Radio
Hanukkah begins at sundown December 20th and we’ve got some special programs to mark the occasion beginning at 2:00 p.m. on 12/20 with Chanukah In Story and Song. Narrated by Leonard Nimoy and sung by the acclaimed vocal sextet The Western Wind Vocal Ensemble, Chanukah in Story and Song is a unique holiday program created especially for public radio listeners. This delightfully engaging program presents 25 eclectic selections, from the Ladino songs of the Spanish Jews and Yiddish melodies of Eastern Europe to modern Israeli tunes and the ensemble’s original version of “I Have a Little Dreydel.” The ensemble performs a capella as well as with instrumental accompaniment. The narration, written by Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, sheds new light on the holiday’s customs and rituals. Listeners of all ages will hum the tunes after enjoying this wonderful program.
Later that night at 10:00 p.m. it’s Hanukkah Lights 2011. A perennial NPR favorite, Hanukkah Lights 2011 features Hanukkah stories and memoirs written by acclaimed authors expressly for the show. The stories are read by NPR’s Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.
What are some of your favorite Hanukkah traditions? And the big question, do you spell it Chanukah or Hanukkah?