Dozens of children and parents enjoyed a menorah-building workshop at Home Depot in Paramus coordinated by the Friendship Circle and Chabad of Paramus. (Courtesy Chabad)
On the eighth night of Chanukah, Temple Beth Sholom in Fair Lawn held its annual ad journal dinner dance celebrating Israel’s 70th anniversary. Rabbi Alberto Zeilicovich and Cantor Andrew Schultz led the chanting of the blessings while people at each table lit a chanukiah. (Courtesy Temple Beth Sholom)
Hundreds of Israel Defense Forces soldiers had Chanukah celebrations at the Ananot Base thanks to Jack and Sheila Usdin, supporters of the New Jersey Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. FIDF’s team in Israel brought messages of hope and light — and sufganiyot — to the IDF’s Erez Battalion of the Military Police, which the Usdins adopted as part of the FIDF Adopt-A-Battalion Program. (Courtesy of FIDF)
Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies teacher Barnett Goldman, left, with students Julia Holzsager, Brianna Leopold, and Annabelle Simhon, at the BCHSJS Chanukah celebration with sufganiyot, latke-making, chocolate gelt, and ugly Chanukah sweaters. (Courtesy BCHSJS)
Temple Beth El of Northern Valley in Closter held its 22nd annual “101 Menorahs” multigenerational Shabbat. Families brought their own menorahs and candles to celebrate the sixth night of Chanukah. An oneg with latkes and donuts followed. (Courtesy TBENV)
Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley celebrated “Havdalah and Chanukah” on Saturday evening, December 8, the seventh night of Chanukah, led by Matty Roxx. A latka party and dinner followed.
Shomrei Torah in Wayne held a Chanukah program that included a menorah-making family workshop. (Courtesy Shomrei Torah)
Temple Emeth in Teaneck’s religious school students are in Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck’s chapel during Chanukah. They lit the menorah, sang songs, and shared Chanukah cheer. Another celebration was held at the shul during Shabbat services. (Barbara Balkin)
Rabbi Fred Elias poses with Solomon Schechter Day School of Bergen County students as they prepare latkes for the school’s annual Chanukah Fry-Off. Students also tested their dreidel-spinning acumen, competing for chocolates, and eating jelly donuts. (Courtesy SSDS)
About 100 children and adults attended the Jewish Center of Teaneck’s youth Chanukah party, which included magic by Alex Mehl, music, sufganiyot, and prizes. (Michael Laves)
Chanukah festivities at Glen Rock Jewish Center included lots of latke making. (Courtesy GRJ)
Inger Wolff kindles the menorah on the fourth night of Chanukah at Sunrise of Cresskill as Arielle Gorbatov, a Tenafly Chabad Academy student, observes.
(Courtesy Lubavitch on the Palisades)
Stephanie Shore and Jennifer Seligman at “Latkes and Vodkas,” an adult Chanukah celebration at Temple Beth Tikvah in Wayne. (Courtesy TBT)
Emma Katz with her “Squishy Menorah,” above, and the Kandy family’s “Scooter Menorah” were the winners in Lubavitch on the Palisades’ menorah contest at its Chanukah Family Festival. Music, donuts, arts and crafts, and a menorah lighting were featured. (Courtesy LOTP)
Nearly 60 families from northern New Jersey celebrated Chanukah with Chai Lifeline at the Funplex in East Hanover. Activities included bumper cars, arcade games, and rides; food included pizza and sufganiyot. The party ended with the distribution of dozens of toys collected for Chai Lifeline families as part of the annual toy drive. Chai Lifeline will distribute more than 50,000 toys to children and families battling pediatric illness around the world this Chanukah season. Chai Lifeline is an international children’s health support network, providing emotional, social, and financial support to children with life-threatening or lifelong illnesses and to their families. (Courtesy Chai Lifeline)