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Chag Chanukah Sameach

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Each night as we light the chanukiyah, we bring light to this dark time of the year. Each week we strive to bring this same sense of hope and joyful Judaism to your children. When Chanukah ends this year, 15 of our Brawerman and Religious School families will further their commitment and dedication to our faith and to the land of Israel as Rabbi Eshel and Cathy Gordon come together to celebrate their b’nei mitzvah in Jerusalem. Follow us on social media (#WBTinIsrael) from December 23 through January 2.

As you read this, we are in the midst of Chanukah. Each night as we light the chanukiyah, we bring light to this dark time of the year. Each week we strive to bring this same sense of hope and joyful Judaism to your children in our Religious School. The annual festival commemorates the rededication of the Temple following the destruction caused by the Greeks during their occupation. Today, however, these eight nights of celebration remind Jews to rededicate themselves to stand against forces that would destroy Judaism and to keep alive the flames of Jewish religion, culture, traditions, and peoplehood so that they may be passed on to the next generation. 

In Religious School, we celebrate the holiday of Chanukah as an opportunity to formally welcome and bless our newest students with Consecration, as they and their parents affirm their dedication to the words of the V’ahavta—teach our faith diligently to your children! This year, because we have school during Chanukah, we celebrated Consecration and Chanukah together with a Chanukah Maccabiah, a community celebration of family, light, hope, and dedication to our traditions. 

And when Chanukah ends this year, 15 of our Brawerman and Religious School families (67 people) will further their commitment and dedication to our faith and to the land of Israel as Rabbi Eshel and Cathy Gordon come together to celebrate their b’nei mitzvah in Jerusalem. Please follow us on social media (#WBTinIsrael) from December 23 through January 2. If this sounds like something you may want to do as a family, join us for an informational meeting to find out more about the 2019 trip and beyond. 

Meetings will take place on: 

• Thursday, January 10, 8–9 a.m. 

• Friday, January 11, 8:30–9:30 a.m. 

• Sunday, January 13, 9–10 a.m. 

• Sunday, January 13, 11 a.m.–noon 

If you plan to attend one of the informational sessions, please be sure to RSVP to Lisa Alpern at lalpern@wbtla.org. We hope to see you in Israel! 

Chag Chanukah Sameach to everyone, and may your celebrations bring light, joy, and meaning to your lives! 

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