Happy Hanukkah! The festival of lights began on Sunday, Dec. 22, and Natalie Portman, Andy Cohen, and more stars are celebrating Hanukkah in style. From sharing latke and sufganiyot recipes to lighting the menorah with their kids, these stars are letting us in on their favorite Hannukah traditions.
There is more to the eight-night holiday than just lighting the menorah, reciting prayers, and eating latkes: There are also dreidels, gelt, and the annual retelling of the Hanukkah miracle — and if your family gets into it, it has some of the most fun Jewish holiday traditions.
Hanukkah is the perfect time for the kids of the family to get together, build memories, and connect with their roots by feeling how special it is to carry on old traditions. See how these stars are celebrating the holiday in 2019!
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Ok y’all I got it right. Thank you to my Jewish sisters and brothers on teaching me! For years I have been lighting the extra candle on the last day. That’s what happens when you teaching yourself or hanging with other that are like just as long as we lit we good. #happyhanukkah #stilllearning
After learning she’s Jewish, Tiffany Haddish began connecting with her Jewish identity. (She recently learned Hebrew and even had a bat mitzvah.) Connecting with her roots meant celebrating Hanukkah this year — and learning more about its traditions in the process.
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Since Hanukkah is only a day away, I thought I’d share a surprisingly easy and simple vegan latke recipe. All you need is: canola oil, salt, and potatoes. (I picked up russet potatoes, purple potatoes, and sweet potatoes for variety). Full recipe below: Ingredients: 1. 3 potatoes (the traditional recipe usually calls for russet potatoes, but purple potatoes also work well) 2. Canola oil 3. Salt Directions: 1. Peel and shred the potatoes on a box grater 2. Place in bowls and use a paper towel to suck out any excess moisture 3. Coat the pan in canola oil 4. Season shredded potatoes with salt 5. Place handfuls of the potato mixture in the pan (ensure there is enough oil) and fry until golden brown on both sides 6. Serve with homemade apple sauce; (to make apple sauce, cut 3 apples into cubes and boil with one cup of water and 3 tbsp of brown sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon; taste for desired sweetness and texture)
Natalie Portman shared her vegan latke recipe along with a video of the star preparing the special treats. Pal Mindy Kaling commented, “I’m going to culturally appropriate this recipe it looks so good.”
Andy Cohen celebrated baby Benjamin’s first Hanukkah this year and shared a sweet photo of himself lighting the menorah while holding his son.
Juliette Lewis reposted husband Brad Wilk’s Hanukkah post for the holiday: a graphic of Sammy Davis Jr. holding a microphone with the slogan “Happy Hanukkah!”
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Dorit Kemsley shared a sweet snap with daughter Phoenix for the holiday, writing: “Wishing you peace, joy, and love this Hanukkah and beyond.”
Former Catfish host Nev Schulman posted a photo with wife Laura Perlongo and their two kids lighting the first Hanukkah candle. “Sending love and light from our family to yours,” he wrote.
Former NBA player Amar’e Stoudemire posted a graphic of a menorah for Hanukkah along with the message “Hanukkah is a remembrance on not to give up. Keep the faith knowing that the divine presence will always take care of you.”
Former Drake & Josh star Josh Peck posed with young son Max next to the family menorah. “Happy Hanukkah y’all. Swipe to see how this picture really went,” he wrote. In the second photo, Max is grabbing for the menorah as a candle falls.
Senator Chuck Schumer shared a photo of himself holding grandson Noah: “My grandson Noah helped us light the menorah for the first night of #Hanukkah!” he wrote. “Happy Hanukkah, from me, my grandson Noah, and my whole family.”
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Jurassic World star Bryce Dallas Howard posted a beautiful painting evoking Hanukkah, describing it as “the menorah reminding us all to spread the light today and every day.”
Happy Hanukkah to all these stars and their families!