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Families donate gifts or money to charitable organizations instead of exchanging gifts on the sixth night of Chanukah.
Saperstein: Lights—a symbol of freedom and hope.
Saperstein: “It is shameful that the United States chose not to be a part of the first UN General Assembly declaration condemning state-sanctioned human rights abuses against LGBT people”
The contemporary custom of wrapping presents gifts arose in conjunction with Christmas, but many aspects of gift-giving have distinctly Jewish roots, each of which has helped set the stage for the development of the ritual into what it is today.
A congregation created three comprehensive projects for the Friendship House, a homeless shelter for abused women, children at risk, migrant workers, and the Sunrise Community, an agency for developmentally disabled adults.
Raised awareness to the plight of the three Israeli soldiers captured in the 2006 Lebanon War.