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The olive oil press workshop is presented each year in the weeks leading up to Chanukah. This workshop demonstrates, with the help of its participants, the process the Maccabees used to refine olive oil for the Menorah in the Chanukah story. Participants sort and hand-press fresh olives in an old fashioned olive press made of wood and cast iron. They then decant the olive juice with a modern centrifuge to quickly extract the pure olive oil. As the olive oil is refined, the students can hand spin wicks out of cotton and then light the Chanukah Menorah with the resulting oil.