With Thanksgiving past, the holiday season is upon us. Hanukkah begins Tuesday night, the 16th of December. As many of you know, the Union for Reform Judaism created a tradition of dedicating the 6th night of Hanukkah and its candle as the Candle of Righteousness, Ner Shel Tzeddakah. Rather than exchanging gifts on that night, we are asked to donate the cost of gifts from that day to a charitable organization to help individuals and families who rely our our generosity to help them during this season of light.
On Hanukkah we light the eight candles of the Menorah using the Shamash, the helper candle. That 9th candle is often referred to as an extra candle -- but it is not extra, it is essential! This Hanukkah each of us has an opportunity to act as a Shamash, the essential helper bringing light to our community.
For Ner Shel Tzeddakah, our goal is to pool Or Chadash's collective resources to help the children at Hunterdon Youth Services, known to many of us as the Sand Hill Youth Home. We want them to have a wonderful and bountiful holiday. We are a generous congregation, and together we can make a difference. This year we are collecting funds to help them purchase bath robes and slippers. Please click here to donate to Ner Shel Tzeddakah.
Please mark your calenders for our Hanukkah celebration on Friday December 19 at 7PM and remember to give generously to Ner Shel Tzeddakah.