This year, celebrate Hanukkah with AJC’s People of the Pod! Expand your latke and sufganiyot recipes with Eitan Bernath, hear tunes for the festival of lights from Nissim Black and Six13, and be inspired with stories from host Manya Brachear Pashman about celebrating the holiday.

Here are five episodes from the past year that will light up your Hanukkah nights (and days!).

What Does NYC's Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes Do?; An Elton John Hanukkah Celebration
Hanukkah segment begins at 24:37

Mike Boxer, one of the members of the Jewish a capella group Six13, shares the group’s new Elton John parody song just in time for Hanukkah: Elton Johnukah. 

From “Chopped” to the White House: TikTok Chef Eitan Bernath on Being a Loud and Proud Jew

Proud Jewish chef and content creator Eitan Bernath reveals what recipes he’s whipping up this Hanukkah and discusses the distinct honor of interviewing Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff.

How to Combat Jew-Hatred: Shine a Light on Antisemitism; Nissim Black’s “Eight Flames”
Hanukkah segment begins at 32:49

Israeli-American musician and recording artist Nissim Black takes us through his spiritual journey and how the themes of Hanukkah, highlighted in his song “Eight Flames,” inspire him year-round. 

UN Mideast Envoy Nickolay Mladenov; Celebrating Hanukkah
Hanukkah segment begins at 16:53

How are your dreidel-spinning skills? Manya Brachear Pashman reports on 541 people attempting to break the world record for simultaneous dreidel spins at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Israeli Political Rumblings; Jersey City Attack: One Year Later
Hanukkah segment begins at 22:41

Manya Brachear Pashman shares how Hanukkah and Christmas are equally special in her household. 

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