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Families donate gifts or money to charitable organizations instead of exchanging gifts on the sixth night of Chanukah.
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.
In his essay, “The Legacy of the Maccabees,” Dr. Shaye Cohen writes: “From the perspective of world history and Jewish history, the Hasmonean (Maccabean) revolt was epoch making.