Beth Shalom of Whittier
Progressive Conservative Judaism
Hazzan Lance H Tapper, Hon DMus
Notes From the Hazzan
As we are now in the month of Kislev, we plan for our festival of light, Hanukkah! This year, the Hanukkah festival will again, as it has in so many other years, fall during the Christian celebration of their Christmas. It reminds us that light and joy help us through these darker days and traditions do find ways of melding together even in interesting ways.
Our Shabbat Hanukkah service will be on Shabbat, December 23 in the sanctuary at 6:55 pm with the Hanukkah prelude by Ty Woodward and the service beginning at 7:00 pm conducted by myself and Ty. The service will include the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah known as the Hanukkiah. And…as I always do, I will recount the story of the Maccabees during my sermon time from the Book of Maccabees. We will also hear the different facets of the hymn Maoz Tzur we know so well from its Italian and German musical traditions.
We look forward to having you with us to celebrate this triumph of our people over the Syrian-Greek oppressors and over anti-semitism.
-Hazzan Lance H. Tapper, Hon DMus