Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Happy Hanukkah, Girl Scouts!

Hanukkah is one of the most widely recognized Jewish holidays in American culture. Who doesn't love to spin the dreidel or make latkes and sufganiyot - yum! But do you know the story behind Hanukkah? Girl Scouts have always celebrated the influence of all cultures and people in our organization. Three of the original four troop leaders were, in fact, members of a temple.

Going all the way back to the first troop in Savannah, the influence of Jewish culture on Girl Scouts can still be seen today in the Promise and Law and even in our cookies! That's right - all Girl Scout cookies are kosher. We even have a Council patch girls can earn while learning about Jewish American Heritage!

Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, wanted to serve girls of all backgrounds and beliefs, so while Girl Scouts is a secular organization, it has always encouraged girls to live their faith. Religious recognition earned through the My Promise, My Faith program is one way girls can deepen the connection between the principles of Girl Scouting and their faith.

What is Hanukkah? 

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated in honor of a great battle the Jewish people fought for religious freedom. The holiday lasts for eight days, during which families observe each day by lighting a candle on a menorah, playing games, baking and spending time together.

Hanukkah traditions to try with your troop:

Play the dreidel game
All you need is a dreidel and some traditional chocolate coins. Girls of all ages can play. Learn how.

Make latkes and sufganiyot
Latkes and sufganiyot or potato pancakes and donuts are a traditional recipe you fry and eat. Learn how to make latkes and sufiganiyot with your troop and enjoy!