Join your fellow Congregants in devoting one night of Chanukah to helping others in need this year.
Just pledge to donate the value of your gifts (or the gifts themselves) that would otherwise be exchanged on Thursday, December 11th (the fifth night of Chanukah) to organizations that assist others in need, locally or globally.
For families with children at home, the process of deciding where and how to fulfill this mitzvah can itself be a fun and engaging family project. Projects can be hands-on service work, advocacy efforts, global efforts or local projects.
If you would like to donate holiday gifts to children affected by domestic violence to fulfill your pledge, we will be collecting gifts for both girls and boys who are being helped by My Sisters' Place, ages toddlers through teens, throughout the month up to and including our Family Chanukah Party
We will also collect the gifts on Thursday, December 27, 5:30 p.m. at the Stew Leonard's Menorah lighting if you are joining Cantor Becker there and there will be a Holiday Gift Donation area available at the Family Chanukah Party on Sunday, December 18, 11:00 a.m. (click the purple text for details).
By making donations during the holiday season, you will help our candle of righteousness glow brightly for those in need. Don’t let the light go out!
Looking for an idea of another activity or an organization with a Jewish or Israeli connection? Click here for some suggestions.
A Blessing for candle lighting on the Chanukah Night of Giving
Baruch Ata Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Haolam, Asher Kidshanu B'mitzvotav, V'limdeinu L'Hadlik Ner Shel Tzedakah
Blessed are You, Eternal, our God, who makes us holy through the performance of Mitzvot, and inspires us to light the Candle of Righteousness.
As we light this "Ner Shel Tzedakah" tonight, we pray that its light will shine into the dark corners of our world, bringing relief to those suffering from the indignity and pain that accompany poverty. May our act of giving inspire others to join with us in the fight against the scourge of hunger, homelessness, need and want. Together, let us raise our voices to cry out for justice, and may that clarion call burst through the night's silence and declare that change must come.