Resident chef Kathy Gunst shares her culinary ideas to celebrate Hanukkah with Here & Now‘s Jeremy Hobson and Robin Young.

John’s Traditional Potato Latkes

The starchier the potato you use, the crisper the latke will be. Use a good high-starch potato, like Yukon Gold. Get the oil nice and hot — but not burning — and the pancakes will be golden brown on the outside with relatively little grease.

Chanukah Programming On TPR

Nov 28, 2017
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Join Texas Public Radio for two programs celebrating Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, in December. "Hanukkah Lights" will air on Sunday, December 10 at 3 p.m. on KSTX 89.1 FM and all other TPR news stations, and "Candles Burning Brightly" will be broadcast on Tuesday, December 12 at 4 p.m. on KPAC 88.3 FM.

"Hanukkah Lights" is a perennial NPR favorite, with all new Hanukkah stories. Authors TBA. Hosted by Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz.

Editor's note: This story was originally published in 2006.

It's all about the oil.

Through the eight days of Hanukkah, it almost doesn't matter what you eat, as long as it's cooked in oil. A good case could be made for eating potato chips with every meal throughout the holiday.

Hanukkah Lights 2016

Dec 23, 2016

Hanukkah commemorates the rededication by the Maccabees of the Temple in Jerusalem. It honors the lighting of the menorah, a representation of the spiritual strength of the Jewish people. This holiday special celebrates the stories of the season.

Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz read original stories from authors Lia Pripstein, Elisa Albert, Ellen Orleans and R.L. Maizes. Listen to the full special above or hear individual stories below.

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Catholics and Jews gathered in San Fernando Cathedral Hall in San Antonio to celebrate Hanukah a week before the holiday. It’s the fifteenth year the two faiths have come together for the interfaith celebration.  


The hundred and fifty plus Jews and Catholics here today are quiet as the choir from Providence High School, a Catholic girls school, sings Hanukah Oh Hanukah, a traditional holiday song. The song is followed by an opening prayer by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller.