This is a fun game that the grownups, teens, and kids will all love to play and watch.
The great thing about being behind the scenes at Between Carpools is that we get to hear all the new ideas and try them out right away, long before they make it into a post. So, when Fraidy Broker told us about this Menorah Trivia game last year, it was too late to feature during last year’s Chanukah season, but it wasn’t too late for me to try the idea at my own Chanukah party!
There’s minimal prep, and lots of laughs. The concept is simple: Choose your players. Ask them questions. When someone answers correctly, they get to add a candle to their menorah. The first one to fill up their menorah wins!
- A few inexpensive menorahs (we had 4 players at a time)
- A box of colorful candles (get a few boxes, they break easily)
- Optional: Game Buzzers, like these (not so loud). These buzzers alternatively, have better sound.
When I set this up at my own Chanukah party, I had 4 players playing at a time (we did two rounds). Fraidy recommended dividing up the crowd into teams, with Bubbe/Zeidy asking the questions. I chose to have single contestants, so that everyone else can just watch and laugh.
Our first contestants were the teenage boys because it’s really funny–many questions (like naming all their cousins!) are challenging for them.
I used these buzzers shown in the photo, but found they were not so loud and hard to hear over the background noise. Another buzzer choice would be better.
All you’ll need to do ahead of time is write up a lot of questions. Of course, every family is more likely to know the questions that pertain to them, so make sure the questions are fair and that each family has a fairly even amount of relevant questions. Have fun!
Here are some sample questions to get you started:
-What mesechet is ___ learning in yeshiva?
-How many grandchildren are there in the ___ family?
-Who is the father of ____ Rosh Yeshiva?
–How many great grandchildren are there in the ___ family? Can you name them?
-What’s the address of Uncle ___ office?
-How many [fill in name] are in the family?
-Name one activity ___ does on Sunday.
-What camp did ___ go to this summer?
-Name the cousins that went to ____ together last year?
-What is the first name of the woman ___ works for?
-Name all the stores ___ worked in.
-What profession is ____ ?
-Name all the twins in the family and their ages.
-Name all the Hatzalah members in the family
-Name all the cities where members of the extended family live.
-Name the development in Lakewood where ___ lived when they first got married.
-Name the Lakewood street where ___ lived when they got married.
-Name all the family members currently in shidduchim.
-Name Aunty ___ sisters. (Can get 1 wrong)
-Name one of the neighborhoods where the ___ lived in Israel.
-Name the boys in the family who graduated from ____.
-Name all the members of the family who are currently in chinuch.
-What’s the address of one ___ family member?
-Name the current seminary girls in the family and their seminaries.
-From which college did ___ get her bachelors or masters degree (choose one).
-Name all the mesivta age boys and their mesivtas.
-Name all the beit medrash age boys and their yeshivas. (Ok to miss one)
-What does ___ collect as a hobby?
-What is the name of ___ boss?
-Name all the streets where ___ lived.