This booklet explains the history of Hanukkah, the symbolism and significance of lighting candles for eight nights, the blessings that accompany the lighting of the candles, the holiday's foods, the game of dreidels, and more!
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The JCC of Greater New Haven is part of your extended family, your home away from home - providing programs and services for all ages and stages in life.
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Join in the fun at this PJ on the Town event to celebrate the New Year for Trees at the DuPage Children's Museum. Featuring a concert by Miss Aimee Leigh, environmentally friendly activities, and private use of the museum. Presented in partnership with Congregation Beth Shalom of Naperville and Congregation Etz Chaim of DuPage County.
A great way for Jewish professionals and volunteers who work with and provide programming for people in interfaith relationships to locate resources and trainings to build more welcome into their Jewish communities; connect with and learn from each other; and publicize and enhance their programs and services.
I’m the grandchild of a Mexican-American immigrant who joined the Navy to fight in WWII and a Jewish couple who fled Germany in 1939. My Catholic grandparents and Jewish grandparents loved each other, took vacations together, and sat together at my brother’s Bar Mitzvah. My only living grandparent today, my 90-year-old abuelo, still comes to Passover and eats his daughter’s matzo ball soup (made from her MIL’s recipe). Although my mother turned away from Catholicism before she married my father (she’s never officially converted but she considers herself Jewish now), her family shaped our home as much as my father’s did. My brother and I identify Jewish, but we also joined my mother’s family in mostly secular Easter and Xmas family celebrations, which we continue to value. Being from an interfaith (and mixed-ethnicity) family creates a different kind of a Jewish experience. But it also allowed me to recite the Kaddish in a Catholic cemetary for my abuela, knowing she would have appreciated it.