Families throughout Fairfield County are invited to celebrate Hanukah with the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism (CHJ). The Hanukah program starts at 10:00 AM on Sunday, December 16 at Bedford Middle School, 88 North Avenue, Westport. The morning will begin with a service celebrating the traditions and stories of Hanukah from a humanistic perspective. Children from CHJ’s Sunday School will participate in readings, songs, and candle lighting, as well as entertain guests with a performance. A party featuring delicious food (including plenty of latkes), arts & crafts, and games will round out the morning.
The Sunday morning party falls on the last day of the eight-day-long celebration. “This is a great opportunity to see our Sunday School in action,” says Beth Ulman of Fairfield, Director of the Sunday School. “Visitors will experience the unique nature of Humanistic Judaism in the familiar setting of a traditional holiday celebration.” Come celebrate and eat the traditional potato pancakes made at Hanukah!
The CHJ Sunday School provides a contemporary Jewish education for children in kindergarten through Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Children learn about Jewish holidays, history, literature, and traditions of the Jewish people in a warm, participatory environment. The curriculum is enriched by inclusion of Hebrew, music, art, dance, and crafts topics. Jewish and Humanistic values and their relation to interpersonal, social and environmental issues are explored in all areas of the curriculum. Small class size fosters involvement and learning. A supervised preschool playgroup is open to younger siblings 0-5 years of age. Sunday School registration is ongoing.
In addition to the Sunday School, the Congregation has a full calendar of activities for adults including Jewish holiday celebrations, a wide array of Friday and Saturday night and Sunday morning programs, discussion groups, and a book group. A calendar of upcoming events is available on CHJ’s website at www.humanisticjews.org.
Individuals and families interested in learning about the Congregation and the Sunday School program are invited to attend this Hanukah celebration; Please RSVP to (203) 226-5451 To learn more about the Congregation for Humanistic Judaism and its programs, please visit the website: www.humanisticjews.org.