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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

A new series of Gift-it-4Ward Family Havdalah Celebrations is being launched by Bnai Shalom in West Orange with a Chanukah Pajama Party on Saturday, December 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“The three Havdalah celebrations prior to Chanukah, Tu B’Shevat and Passover will provide a wonderful opportunity for children, parents and grandparents to share a joyous Havdalah together, and learn more about the holidays and ways to give back to the community. Everybody is welcome to attend,” said Rabbi Robert Tobin, spiritual leader of Bnai Shalom.

The Chanukah Pajama Party will feature melodies of Havdalah and Chanukah, special blessings, a Chanukah magic show by Maurice of Party Animals, edible-menorah making,and kid-friendly foods—including sufganiyot (donuts). The program is for families with children of all ages and abilities.

“We are asking participants to Gift-it-4Ward by bringing pajamas, socks, slippers or knit hats to be donated to children in need,” said Rabbi Tobin. He added, “We want children of all abilities to celebrate with us, and encourage parents or caregivers to let us know if their child needs any special accommodations to participate.”

Participants can come in pajamas and comfortable sneakers to this event, which will be held at Bnai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange. Admission is $5 per child ages 3 to 12 years old; $15 maximum for a family. Children under 2 years old can attend for free.

The two Gift-it-4Ward Havdalah celebrations after the Chanukah Pajama Party will be the Tu B’Shevat Family Tree Havdalah on Saturday, January 27, and the Spring Into Action Family Havdalah on March 3.

Families who want to join the Chanukah Pajama Party fun must RSVP for the Chanukah event by December 5 to Leslie Gleaner at [email protected], or register online at www.bnaishalom.net/events.php#events. Scroll to Chanukah Pajama Party.