Religions and Spirituality

Gift-it-4Ward Family Havdalah Celebrations to Start with Chanukah Pajama Party


WEST ORANGE, NJ – A new series of Gift-it-4Ward Family Havdalah Celebrations is being launched by Bnai Shalom in West Orange with a Chanukah Pajama Party on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“The three Havdalah celebrations prior to Chanukah, Tu B’Shevat and Passover will provide a wonderful opportunity for children, parents and grandparents to share a joyous Havdalah together, and learn more about the holidays and ways to give back to the community,” said Rabbi Robert Tobin, spiritual leader of Bnai Shalom. “Everybody is welcome to attend.”

The Chanukah Pajama Party will feature melodies of Havdalah and Chanukah, special blessings, a Chanukah magic show by Maurice of Party Animals, edible menorah making, and kid-friendly foods – including sufganiyot (donuts). The program is for families with children of all ages and abilities.

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“We are asking participants to Gift-it-4Ward by bringing pajamas, socks, slippers, or knit hats to be donated to children in need,” said Tobin. “We want children of all abilities to celebrate with us, and encourage parents or caregivers to let us know if their child needs any special accommodations to participate.” 

Participants can come in pajamas and comfortable sneakers to this event, which will be held at Bnai Shalom, 300 Pleasant Valley Way in West Orange. Admission is $5 per child ages 3 to 12 years old; $15 maximum for a family. Children under 2 years old can attend for free.

“These celebrations will be a great way for young families to connect with each other and make new friendships,” said Tobin. “At these events, we’ll be letting people know about other ways our synagogue is planning to engage young families and give back to the community in 2018.”

The two Gift-it-4Ward Havdalah celebrations after the Chanukah Pajama Party will include the Tu B’Shevat Family Tree Havdalah on Saturday, Jan. 27 and the Spring into Action Family Havdalah on March 3.

Families who want to join the Chanukah Pajama Party fun must RSVP for the Chanukah event by Dec. 5 to Leslie Gleaner at 973-0160 ext. 207, contact her at, or register online at by scrolling to Chanukah Pajama Party. 

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