NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - On the evening of Dec. 10, the fifth day of Chanukah, Faith Lutheran Church and the three synagogues of Summit--Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center, Temple Sinai and Beth Hatikvah--lit the fifth candle of the Menorah on the lawn of Faith Lutheran in New Providence.
The sign placed by Faith Lutheran next to the Menorah said, “In Celebration with our Jewish Brothers & Sisters.”
This was the ninth consecutive year that Faith Lutheran and the synagogues have partnered in the lighting of the Chanukah Menorah at Faith Lutheran. The ceremony, consisting of prayers and songs, was conducted by Rabbi Avi Friedman of Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center. Rabbi Friedman praised Rev MacPherson and Faith Lutheran for initiating this observance in 2007.
Following the lighting, the members of the four congregations moved to the sanctuary of Faith Lutheran, where they sang Chanukah songs that were led by Cantor Janet Roth of the Congregation Ohr Shalom-Summit Jewish Community Center. Subsequently, there were kosher refreshments of latkes, applesauce and jelly donuts for everyone as well as social interaction in the narthex of Faith Lutheran.
"It was a beautiful evening coming together and sharing a beautiful tradition," Mayor Al Morgan of New Providence said. "I would like to thank all involved for making this celebration possible and for bringing us together again in the spirit of friendship and brotherhood. Christine and I wish everyone a Happy Hanukkah, a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a very happy and healthy New Year."