December 1 2015

Temple Shalom Emeth to Hold Chanukah Party and Candle Lightings


The following is a release from Temple Shalom Emeth: 

The first Chanukah candle will be lit on Sunday, Dec. 6, and to mark the eight-day holiday, Temple Shalom Emeth of Burlington is hosting not only its annual Chanukah Party on Dec. 13, but also a series of special candle-lighting ceremonies.  


Rabbi Susan Abramson said temple members will visit different locations every night of Chanukah to light the holiday menorah.  


“Eight Nights of Shining Lights!” was developed, said Abramson, “to reach out to others in our towns to teach them about Chanukah, shine a light on the good work that organizations are doing, and give them our support.”


At each location, the menorah will be lit, blessings recited, and the individual organization will be thanked for its good works.


As of Dec. 1, the following lighting ceremonies have been scheduled:


- Dec. 8, 6:15 p.m., Chai Chanukah Party, at the temple. Latkes will be served. 


- Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m., Lahey Clinic East Lobby, Burlington. Latkes will be served.  


- Dec. 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Burlington Food Pantry.  Please bring one of the following items: pasta, peanut butter, jelly, healthy cereal, oatmeal, pancake mix, canned tomatoes, canned fruit. 


-Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m., Temple Chanukah service


- Dec. 12, 4 p.m., Lifecare Center, Billerica. Donuts will be served. 


- Dec. 13, 10:15 a.m., Atria Longmeadow, Burlington. Refreshments will be served. 


The annual Chanukah party at the temple will run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 


Activities include crafts and games for children; raffle drawings; lunch, including latkes; the annual Mitzvah Mall, run by the temple’s seventh graders; and an opportunity to Make Your Own Hanukkiah (menorah).


Abramson will also be autographing her books, the “Rabbi Rocketpower” series, and “Challah, A Chewish Guide to the Torah.” 


The celebration is free, thanks to a donation from the Temple Shalom Emeth Sisterhood. 


Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, celebrates the Jewish people’s successful fight for religious freedom, and the restoration of the Temple of Jerusalem.  The menorah is a special multi-candle candleholder; one candle is lit each of the eight nights of the holiday, and special food during the holiday includes potato latkes (pancakes).


Temple membership includes residents from Burlington, Bedford, Billerica, Reading, Wilmington, and Woburn.


The temple is located at 16 Lexington St., Burlington.  For more information, call the temple office at 781-272-2351.  

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