Women played a special part in the Chanunkah story, and until today, many women have certain Chanukah customs to recognize their unique role. Over 25 women gathered together at last month’s Jewish Women of Howard of County’s (J-WoHoCo) Chanukah event featuring a delicious latka bar, toy donation drive, and candle meditation. More than 40 gifts were donated and wrapped for the Jewish Caring Network’s toy drive to be donated to needy families dealing with chronic illness. Plans are underway for a women’s Tu B’Shevat seder in February. Additionally, the Women of Valor classes that began last year in Howard County are now coming to Baltimore with monthly classes devoted to studying the lives of various women in Tanach and learning to apply the lessons to their lives.