On this year’s eighth night of Hanukkah, CBS-CS will host the most important debate of our time:
Latke or Hamantaschen?
We are assembling two teams of three scholars each to ponder this question in a deep and reverentially silly and scientific fashion. The exact make-up of each team is still in the works, but the teams will include six scholars, men and women from our congregation, whose backgrounds range across the social and physical sciences. To open the debate, we will begin with a youth round on this critical issue. The debate will be hosted and moderated by our own Mickey Lebowitz.
But wait, there’s more…
Also starting at 4pm, there will be Hanukkah-themed science demos. At 4:30 pm, the Lakte v. Hamantaschen Debate begins while the younger children will be able to do a hanukkiyah building competition with legos, as well as other arts and crafts. When the debate concludes, and while the votes are being counted, we will have the opportunity to light our hanukkiyot, and sing Hanukkah songs. Finally, we will enjoy dessert and have an awards ceremony to name the winner of the Latke Cook-Off and the winning debate team.
Bring your own hanukkiyah and candles for the lighting! We will provide the matches!
This event is funded in part by the Scientists in Synagogues Grant program, run by Sinai and Synapses, in consultation with the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion, and is funded by the John Templeton Foundation.
Schedule of Events
4:00 pm: Food, Science Demos, Latke Tastings
4:30 pm: The Great Latke v. Hamantaschen Debate
Lego Hanukkiyah Building Competition/Arts and Crafts
5:30 pm: Hanukkah Lighting/Songs Dessert and Awards Ceremony