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Families donate gifts or money to charitable organizations instead of exchanging gifts on the sixth night of Chanukah.
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.
Pairing congregants with foster children to provide gifts, arrange special events and help subsidize costs for foster parents in need.
Raised awareness to the plight of the three Israeli soldiers captured in the 2006 Lebanon War.
Like most parents, from the time we gave birth to our son, we had many hopes and dreams for him. We wanted him to have a good education, have friends and grow up to live a happy and prosperous life.