As we approach the holiday of Chanukah, we are proud to announce a creative, educational program, the Olive Oil Press Workshop. This unique and exciting program is sure to add a new dimension of appreciation and meaning to your student’s Chanukah experience.

The Program:

As a group of Macabees, students will refine the olive oil needed for the Temple Menorah while they:

· Pit fresh olives, squeeze them with a hand press.

· Strain and then spin the extract in a centrifuge to separate the pure oil.

· Enjoy a video of an olive oil factory in Italy, which introduces them to the modern process.

· Fashion a wick out of cotton for use with the oil when lighting the Menorah.

· Take home a sample of the oil.

Students sort and hand-press fresh olives in an old fashioned olive press made of wood and cast iron, then decant the olive juice with a modern centrifuge to quickly extract the pure olive oil - authentic "Shemen Zayit. As the olive oil is refined, the students hand spin wicks out of cotton and then light the Chanukah Menorah with the resulting oil. Concepts like the reason for using olive oil in modern day Chanukiyot and the proper lighting of the Chanukah Menorah is discussed and demonstrated. Children also get to act in a short Chanukah skit to add excitement to the program.

Time and Session:

The program can accommodate up to 50 children per session and runs for 45 min.


The fee for the Olive Press workshop is $250 for up to 2 sessions. A $125 deposit payable with a credit card or check is required to secure the Olive Press for your school.

This program will be available from Sunday, December 8th through Monday, December 30th. Please call 847-345-6406 to reserve the Olive Press at your school.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to call.

Please note: Cancellations made less than two weeks before the event are subject to a $100 charge.