Religions and Spirituality

Public is invited to 'Dress to Win' at Temple Emanu-El's Chai Rollers Casino Night

From left to right: Liz Besore, Mindy Rossman, Lisa Haaker, Ellen Lazer, Steve Sakwa, Amy Young, Laurie Kahn, and Abby Sakwa. Credits: Temple Emanu-El

LIVINGSTON, NJ - Livingston-based Temple Emanu-El of West Essex is holding its spring fundraising event, "Chai Rollers Casino Night," on Saturday, March 22, at the synagogue, which is located at 264 W. Northfield Road, Livingston.

"We hope you will join us for an evening of casino games, silent auctions, great prizes and delicious desserts," said Livingston resident Amy Young, co-chair of the event.

Young's co-chairs, Abby Sakwa and Laurie Kahn urge participants to "Dress to Win" for an elegant evening of blackjack, poker and roulette. 

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"We have some fantastic prizes for the table games winners," they said.

"It will be a great chance to socialize with friends and neighbors," said Sakwa. She added that in a recent survey taken at the temple, members expressed a willingness to participate in group social events and the planned Chai Rollers Casino Night is a result of that interest.

"Have a great time close to home," added Kahn. "We can support the temple with needed funds while socializing with friends."

Along with the casino games and raffles, an informative wine tasting will take place. Participants will learn about the aromas and flavors that add to the enjoyment of drinking wine. There is no extra charge for the wine tasting.

"Our Casino Night is run by a premier casino night company and it will be as close to Atlantic City as you can get," said Robert Ehrlich, a member of the Casino Night committee. 

The evening will begin with a beautiful Havdalah ceremony at 7 p.m. Casino tables will open at 7:30 p.m., and at 10:30 p.m. desserts will be served and raffles of unique prizes will begin.

Tickets may be purchased at the Temple or online at Individuals who respond by February 28, will be entered into a special raffle.

The Temple is also accepting donations in the form of table and play money sponsorships and contributions of goods and services for the raffle. For more information, please contact Amy Young at or 973-919-2918. 

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