Festival of Lights recognized in town with fun events and delicious recipes.
Monday, December 3, 2012
This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 8, and ends a week later on Sunday, Dec. 16. According to Chabad.org, Hanukkah starts on the Hebrew calendar date of 25 Kislev and lasts for eight days. For those of us who aren't attuned to the Jewish calendar, that translates to sundown on Saturday, Dec. 8. Hanukkah celebrations started this week at Temple Beth El, with the temple's Sisterhood Chanukah Gift Shop open in the Sanctuary Social Hall. The temple will also host a Latkefest for youth from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 9, and a Chanukah dinner, hosted by the temple Membership Committee, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 14. Residents are invited to join the Chabad of Southern Somerset County's Rabbi Shmaya Krinsky at a Menorah …
Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukah aren't forgotten at the Resource Center of Somerset.
Holiday dinners typically mean a day surrounded by family and a bounty of food. For the families using the Resource Center of Somerset, the county’s domestic violence shelter, that image isn’t as consistent. But, despite the lack of a normal home life, the center provides the holiday experience for its clients, with almost all of its offerings coming from community donations. “In that sense, we are very fortunate that the community is very generous with us,” Paloma Amar-Coleman, center director, said. “We are very dependent on donations and luckily, the community is very generous with us.” Amar-Coleman said the center provides for about 150 to 200 hundred clients and their families each holiday season. Those clients can include families in…