Temple Announces December Events

EDISON – Temple Emanu-El, located at 100 James Street in Edison, has announced its upcoming events for December. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place at the temple. For more information, call 1-732-549-4442.

Dec. 1–First Night of Chanukah–The temple’s religious school students will light the Menorah at 5:45 p.m.


Dec. 1–Lunch and Learn–Each week on Wednesdays, a group gathers program. No prior knowledge is necessary. Bring your lunch or just an appetite for study. Dates include Dec. 8, 15, 22, 29 at 12:30 p.m.

December 3-11 – BOOK FAIR – Temple Emanu-El’s Book Fair features a large variety of books with Jewish content to appeal to youngsters of all ages and for adults as well. The timing is right to purchase beautiful and interesting Chanukah gifts. Call the Temple for the sale schedule.

Dec. 3–Festive Shabbat Family Dinner–Latkes galore along with roast chicken and salad. This dinner costs just $30 for a family of two adults and up to three children, or $7 per adult and $7 per child. Kids under three eat free. The Friday service begins at 7 p.m., after dinner. Reservations required.

Dec. 10–SHABBAT ALIVE! –This evening’s service of song and celebration will again inspire and add joy to all who attend and join the festive presentation that begins at 7 p.m. Come, get a shaker to accompany the professional musicians, dance in the aisles and raise your voices to the heavens.

Dec. 11–Saturday Morning Torah Study at 9:15, followed by a Shabbat B’Shir Musical Service, starting at 10:00 a.m. At 11:15 a.m. there will be a Family Education Program – Meet the Author, Micol Ostow. Youngsters over 9 years old will be invited to an interactive discussion and younger kids will get to make their own “graphic novels.” Lunch will be served at 12:15. Register to attend with the Temple office.

Dec. 12–FILM NIGHT–The Lifelong Learning Committee presents a double feature option, “Trembling Before G_d” and “Yossi and Jaeger.” The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with a panel discussion on “Two Strong Identities – Gay and Jewish.” The films will be screened at 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 17–TOT SHABBAT, a special program aimed toward younger children, including a Shabbat Service and a Jewish craft project at 6 p.m. The regular service begins at 8 p.m.

Dec. 18–Film and Discussion–At 7 p.m. Saturday evening, the film “Food, Inc.” will be shown and Rabbi Bravo will lead the talk about the subject of the film.

Dec. 19–MITZVAH DAY! –A Temple Emanu-El tradition of providing acts of loving kindness for people in need. Activities will engage the services of both children and adults doing their part to make a difference – in the lives of others and thereby, themselves. The opening ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. Bring your used children’s books, new toys, clothing, baby hats and blankets, wrapping paper and tape, and food for our pantry too. Anything you can bring, including yourselves and families to work on various projects, will be deeply appreciated.

Dec. 20–The Book Club meets at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Library. The reading is “The Assistant” by Bernard Malamud.

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