ROBBINSVILLE, NJ --  The Chabad of Robbinsville and Hamilton used the time before the Chanukah holiday to remember the kind acts of members of the community. The Chanukah Wonderland event included a traditional "Hakarat Hatov" which is translated in Hebrew as recognizing the good.  

Rabbi Yaakov Chaiton, in an interview with TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville, said the event served as a chance to "get in to the spirit of the holiday" and teach children that they too can play a part in giving to others.

"We want to teach children to learn empathy and giving to others," said Chaiton. "We have a mission of spreading light in the face of the face of darkness itself." 

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Members of the Robbinsville Fire Department joined in the festivities by handing out the traditional "gelt" to children in attendance who also created their own "emoji" menorahs before taking a swing at the pinata that Rabbi Chaiton made in the shape of a dreidel.  

The Chabad is also participating in  the "Light up a Life Toy Drive" to benefit the Jewish Family Services of Greater Mercer County. Donations were brought to the Chanukah Wonderland and can still be picked up by contacting Rabbi Chaiton.

On Sunday, December 29 at 7:30 pm, the Chabad will host it's Intercultural Chanukah Party to celebrate "inclusion and the power of good over evil."  At the celebration, attendees can relive the Chanukah miracle to demonstrate the power of working together to overcome adversity.

To attend the Chanukah Party or arrange a direct pick-up to donate toys until December 29, email Rabbi Chaiton directly at 

Suggested toy donations for the "Light up a Life Toy Drive" can be found online at 

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