Eight Nights of Mitzvot, Part I



Chag Urim Sameach (Happy Festival of Lights)!

This Chanukah, the Vassar Temple Ritual Committee is performing Eight Mitzvot (Commandments) for Eight Nights of Chanukah.

Each night, a different member of our committee will be lighting the Chanukiyah (Chanukah menorah) and performing a special mitzvah for the day.

Watch for these videos every morning in your inbox, or check the  Vassar Temple YouTube Channel.

We hope that you will join in the celebration by lighting, and celebrating these mitzvot, in your own homes!

You can also celebrate religious freedom by joining Women of the Wall’s “It’s My Right To Light” Campaign, which is fighting for the inclusion of women in Israel’s national Chanukiyah lighting ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

May your Chanukah be filled with light and joy, and may we all bring light and joy to those who need it most.

Happy Chanukah,

Rabbi Leah R. Berkowitz

Sandra Mamis, Ritual Committee Chair, Vassar Temple

Video: Sandra Mamis and David Hecht explain the rituals of Chanukah, and the Jewish value of Nedivut (Generosity)

Activity ideas: Go shopping for a needy family; shop for a local “Toys for Tots” drive or for a food bank; visit an animal shelter and give them your old towels and sheets for bedding

Helpful Hints: How to Light Chanukah Candles

Don’t forget….Annual Chanukah Dinner and Service Friday 12/11
5:30 p.m. Annual pot-luck dinner. Bring a dairy dish for 12; Sisterhood will provide latkes, applesauce, challah, salad and beverages. Cost: $18 per family or $6 per individual. RSVP by Tuesday 12/8 to Roni Stein 223-5804 or roniagt99@aol.com Send your check to Vassar Temple Sisterhood with “Chanukah Dinner” on the memo line.

7:00 p.m. Our beautiful family-friendly Chanukah Menorah-Lighting Shabbat service, to which everyone is welcome and encouraged to bring a menorah and candles.

More Chanukah resources:

Union for Reform Judaism Chanukah Resources Page

My Jewish Learning Chanukah Resource Page





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