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What's Happening in West Orange Synagogues

This week's focus returns to the Lubavitch Center Shul, 395 Pleasant Valley Way.

On Dec. 8, the Lubavitch Center hosted a Chanukah party for the community and about a hundred people showed up.

Everyone enjoyed pizza, latkes, French fries, falafel and salads. The kids had a lot of fun playing a "stuffed menorah" guessing game, Chanukah bingo, and "Make-a-menorah-from-whatever-is-in-a-bag" game.

As part of the Smile On Seniors program, we recruited some volunteers to Brighton Gardens, Green Hill, Care One, and Canterbury Village where we celebrated Chanukah with the seniors. They were overjoyed playing Chanukah bingo, eating donuts, and singing along to the menorah lighting. 

At the Livingston Mall on Sunday people gathered around as Rabbi (Mendy) Kasowitz  lit the Menorah, sang Chanukah songs, and played a guessing menorah game. We also had donuts for everyone and coffee and tea. All the kids were happy to get balloons. 

Many families came to the Roseland Town hall and the West Orange Town Hall for our Menorah lighting. We handed out Chanukah song sheets and everyone sang along with the menorah lighting and Rita Davidson played the accordian. 

The candle lighting time for West Orange this week is 4:14 p.m. This week's Kiddush is sponsored by the Lancman-Rosenkrantz family in honor of several family member's birthday, a wedding anniversary, and a Yahrzeit.

Upcoming events:
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Join us for an all women's dinner on Jan. 12, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. for the launching of the Rosh Chodesh Society ~ Dedicated to empowering and inspiring Jewish women through monthly cultural learning experiences. Couvert $50, Sponsor $100, $180 At the Lubavitch Center Shul 395 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange.

Jan. 18, 2013: Join us for a Friday Night Dinner in honor of One Shabbat One World.

New 6-week Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) Course called "Living with Integrity" starting on Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 and following the next five Mondays. At 7:30 p.m. at The Lubavitch Center Shul. CLE credits are approved for Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

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