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Celebrate Eight Nights of Lights

The eight nights of Hanukkah begin Monday, Dec. 7. We hope you will celebrate on two of those nights with us at Temple Israel. Be sure to bring your menorah and candles to light on both nights.

Children's Hanukkah Party, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9

This party is for children of all ages from infants through teens, their parents, teachers and any other adult who wishes to celebrate the Festival of Lights with us.

Play dreidel games, make Hanukkah cards, bowl down some Greek idols, listen to Hanukkah songs by the Maccabeats, Fountainheads and other Jewish musicians, feed a hungry Maccabee, dance, eat latkes, dip candles, learn the proper way to set up and light a menorah, light a menorah, say the Hanukkah blessings, hear a sneek preview of the students’ Hanukkah concert (but only if you get there at the start), eat more latkes, dip more candles, keep dancing.

Please RSVP to the office, 724-8857, so we have latkes for everyone.

Shabbat Services and Hanukkah Dinner, 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11

Hear the Religious and Hebrew School students sing Hanukkah songs, attend Shabbat evening services, then join us for this longtime synagogue tradition.

The menu includes latkes, brisket or a vegetarian option, challah, salad, cooked carrots, applesauce and apple crisp. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children, free for children ages 5 and under.

Please RSVP to the office, 724-8857, by Dec. 4.

Shop and Give for the Holiday

Temple Israel's gift shop is stocked with Hanukkah items. Candles, dreidels, gelt, wrapping paper and a variety of Hanukkah gifts, including member Linda Glaser's award-winning children's books, await your purchase. The shop is open during regular office hours from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.

Share the warmth of Hanukkah with our neighbors in need. Once again we are collecting warm winter gear for donation to CHUM. Please bring your donations of new hats, waterproof gloves, winter socks and hand warmers to the synagogue and deposit them in the box in the foyer. We will accept them through Dec. 31.


Attend the Annual Meeting

Temple Israel’s annual meeting will commence at 11 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Learn the details of the $281,200 budget for 2016 the board approved last month. Vote on returning trustees Debbie Freedman and Janet Rosen to their second three-year terms.

After the business is conducted, socialize and enjoy a light lunch together. Donate to help find a cure for children’s cancer by purchasing drinks from the Lemony Drinks for a Good Cause stand, a tzedakah project of the Hebrew School students.