Members meet for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Sherwood Island State Park.
As a member of local community and religious groups whose goals and values we share, we volunteer where help is needed.
Rosh Hashanah eve service ends with a blessing and an Oneg.
The shofar is heard at CHJ Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Family Services.
Members all play a role in making the congregation work. Read about how CHJ is organized.
Celebrating nature at the Tu B’Shvat seder is a joyous event filled with music and good food.
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Hanukkah 2020 is coming and will of course, be different from those CHJ Hanukkah celebrations we have known in the past. While no annual Hanukkah party this year, CHJ will be offering two Hanukkah events for members that you will want to check out.
Brisket and latkes. On Sunday, December 13 CHJ’s programming committee will host an inter-generational, family-friendly Hanukkah Cooking Lesson with CHJ member and Sunday School teacher Taegun Moon.
This is a wonderful opportunity for a shared, intergenerational Hanukkah activity. Those who know Taegun’s cooking talents, enjoy cooking or simply want to share the experience with loved ones will be richly rewarded by joining in.
Under the direction of committee member Rachel Albanese, this event follows the recent and successful session on challah-making which Rachel also organized.
Creating Light in the Darkness is the theme of another Hanukkah event from the programming committee scheduled for Friday, December 18. Led by committee member Gail Ostrow it will feature a Shabbat and last day of Hanukkah service followed by a look at how we can deal with darkness, both literally and figuratively and a short guided meditation relating to the evening’s theme.
Details concerning both events can be found in CHJ’s calendar of events and elsewhere.
In addition, as members of CHJ you have access to a number of other online and free Hanukkah activities offered through the Federation of Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County (Federation) and the Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ). Please consult their respective websites for details.
This year’s Hanukkah will be different. But what will not be different is the Jewish tradition of taking action in response to the darkness by bringing light and to maintain hope for brighter days ahead. That tradition and its message can serve us well during this difficult and historic time.
CHJ members, watch the listserv for the Zoom link a day before the presentation.
Free and open to the public. To receive a Zoom invitation the day before the presentation, please register by emailing events@
I hope to see you there.