Eight Nights of Mitzvot, Part VI

Melissa, Rachel and Brianna Erlebacher celebrate the sixth night of Chanukah by throwing a party and showcasing the Jewish value of Hachnasat Orchim (Welcoming Guests)!

Watch the Erlebacher’s Video!

Don’t forget….Annual Chanukah Service Friday TONIGHT at 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.

Activity ideas: Have a Chanukah party and invite people over! Invite someone who is single to dinner, services or out to coffee. Or you can help out The Birthday Project.

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!

How to Light Chanukah Candles

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.

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

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

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Eight Nights of Mitzvot, Part V

Rabbi Berkowitz shares eight things you may not know about Chanukah to fulfill the mitzvah of Talmud Torah (Jewish Learning)

Watch Rabbi Berkowitz’s Video!

Activity ideas: Play “Torah Jeopardy” (give the questions to which Torah names and places are the answer); make a play of the Torah portion of the week (usually part of the Joseph story, very dramatic!); make Torah scrolls with citations or pictures of our favorite verses of Torah in them, gift to one another; draw a picture of how you imagine your favorite biblical hero or heroine looked and tell his/her story to your family; download and play “Middot-opoly  – it’s a game for learning Jewish values! 

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!

How to Light Chanukah Candles

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.

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

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

Eight Nights of Chanukah, Part IV

Shira and Dan Teich celebrate the fourth night of Chanukah, and the Jewish value of Kibud Av Va’Em (Honoring Your Parents)

Watch Shira and Dan’s Video!

Activity ideas:  Give gifts to parents and grandparents; adopt an elder who doesn’t have children for the evening or more; tell stories about family, maybe craft projects honoring family who have died; make a coupon book of things you will do for a parent or grandparent in the coming year; visit the graves of parents or grandparents who have died and leave a stone; buy a gift from Yad L’Kashish (Lifeline to the Elderly) in Israel or volunteer with or donate to Friends of Seniors!

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!

How to Light Chanukah Candles

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.

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

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

Eight Nights of Chanukah, Part III

Marsha and Glenn Tanzman celebrate the third night of Chanukah, and the Jewish value of Hoda’ah (Gratitude)

Watch Marsha and Glenn’s Video!

Activity ideas:  Write a thank you card to someone who isn’t expecting it; write a thank you card to another member of the household; make a list of things for which we are grateful, then make a “bouquet” of those things by making paper flowers and writing the items on them and use it to decorate the table next Shabbat; play the ABC Gratitude game as a family (name something for which you are grateful for each letter of the alphabet); see how many times you can say “thank you” to people during the day. Support an organization that sustains families, such as our local domestic violence shelter, Grace Smith House www.gracesmithhouse.org or Habitat for Humanity www.habitatdutchess.com

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!

How to Light Chanukah Candles

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.

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

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

Eight Nights of Chanukah, Part II

Zoe Weinstein and Betty Gibbs celebrate the second night of Chanukah and the mitzvah of Tzedek (Justice) by writing their senators!

Watch Zoe and Betty’s Video!

Activity ideas:  Write a letter to an elected official or newspaper editor about an issue of justice; teach each other about a justice issue dear to us; make and decorate a family tzedakah box; give tzedakah to an organization that works for justice; join a campaign at Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism  www.rac.org

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!

How to Light Chanukah Candles

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.

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

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

Eight Nights of Mitzvot, Part I

Introducing….

VASSAR TEMPLE CHANUKAH – 8 EIGHT NIGHTS OF MITZVOT

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

 

 

 

 

Eight Nights of Mitzvot, Part VIII

Ron Rosen and Joel and Sam Kelson celebrate the eighth night of Chanukah, and the Jewish value of Rachmanut (Compassion)

Watch Ron, Sam and Joel’s Video!

Activity ideas:  Volunteer at a food bank or similar nonprofit.  Vassar Temple supports Dutchess Outreach where we provide a meal at LunchBox on the first Sunday of every month.  Give out clean, new tube socks to people on the street asking for help; visit someone who is shut-in, if possible light the menorah with them; during the week of Chanukah give one dollar to every person you see begging (keep a stash of dollars just for them)…talk about how it felt at the end of the week.

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!

How to Light Chanukah Candles

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.

More Chanukah resources:

Union for Reform Judaism Chanukah Resources Page

My Jewish Learning Chanukah Resource Page

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

Seth Erlebacher – Golfer, IBMer, Friend

Many thanks to Jeff Biamonte for creating and sharing this tribute to Seth: