RARITAN TWP., NJ - Star Wars fans both young and old will enjoy a special Friday-night celebration at the Flemington Jewish Community Center (FJCC) on Sept. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Everyone attending the Erev Shabbat service is encouraged to dress up as a Star Wars character.

The FJCC, under the new leadership of Rabbi Eric Cohen, has planned the Star Wars Shabbat as a follow-up to the success of July’s Teddy Bear Shabbat. Parents tend to find the Friday-night service most convenient for bringing young children, and this theme promises to harness the kids’ natural enthusiasm. The service will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat with appropriately themed taste treats.

The congregation, especially the youngest members, are already pumped-up about the event.

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“May the Shabbat be with you!” exclaims Jamie Cohen, the daughter of members Seth and Amy Cohen. Her younger brother, Seth, adds, “Come to the Shabbat side!” And Mindy Engle-Friedman, the president of the FJCC, adds, “We expect to answer the question: Why is this Jedi night different from all other Jedi nights?”

The FJCC, on Sergeantsville Road just outside Flemington, is an egalitarian congregation affiliated with the Conservative movement and offers Hebrew school classes up to and beyond bar/bat mitzvah age, as well as a nursery school open to children of all faiths. (Star Wars fandom is not a requirement for enrollment in either school.)

For information about Star Wars Shabbat, the Hebrew school, or the nursery school, call 908-782-6410.