Religions and Spirituality

Joint Christmas Hanukkah Celebration Planned

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CROTON FALLS, N.Y.— Over the past 100 years, Christmas and Hanukkah have overlapped only a handful of times.
This year, Hanukkah begins on Christmas Eve, Dec 24, and lasts until Jan. 1.

To celebrate, the Croton Falls Community Church will be lighting a new Menorah on the front lawn to mark the occasion at 4 p.m. on Dec. 24.

Pastor Timothy Wagner with Croton Falls Community Church called it a “wonderful opportunity for these two faith traditions to come together.” He is inviting the entire community to the event, which will be celebrated with CFCC members and friends.

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In addition to serving as Pastor of the Croton Falls Community Church, Wagner, known by his congregants as Pastor Tim, is also the facilities director at the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale.
“I thought this would be a perfect time to meet before dusk, with both holidays converging, and light the menorah,” said Pastor Tim.

On Dec. 24, Omer Nisanov of Hertzeliya, Israel, will be lighting the menorah.
Nisanov is a Schlicha, or emissary, representing Israel at the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale. She will travel to Croton Falls to take part in the event.

Following the brief ceremony, refreshments will be served. The church will hold candlelight Christmas Eve services at 8 and 11 p.m. with a bonfire at 9 p.m.

“At a time when the world and the country is divisive, it’s kind of nice to bring people together,” Pastor Tim said.

Croton Falls Community Church is located at 628 Route 22 in Croton Falls.

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