Religions and Spirituality

West Orange Lubavitch Center Produces High-Quality Menorahs for Worldwide Distribution

December 2, 2013 at 10:56 PM

WEST ORANGE, NJ - As soon as you descend into the lower level of the Lubavitch Center on Pleasant Valley Way, an aura of restrained pandemonium fills the air. Rabbi Baruch and Devorah Klar are busy packing, boxing, taping and faxing, with the din of a printer in the background as they push to fill more than 300 orders for menorahs from such distant locations as Seoul, South Korea and Anchorage, Alaska.

"We'll be shipping right up until the week before Christmas," Klar said. "We've had a banner year with orders from malls, town centers, military bases,  and even synagogues."

The journey for Klar began nearly 30 years ago, borne out of a simple request from the Lubavitcher Rabbi Menachem Schneerson to rekindle the ancient custom of exhibiting the Hanukkah menorah in public places.  Moved by this challenge, Rabbi Klar, with the help of his family and students, fashioned the earliest menorahs  from PVC piping and had them manufactured in Plainfield. "They were rudimentary, yet functional.  And more importantly it set us on the path to where we are today, which is high-quality aluminum with PC boards that light each candle automatically."

Sign Up for E-News

Enter Klar's brainchild, "Menorah.net," which sells the largest selection of high-quality indoor and outdoor menorahs in the world. Other menorah websites exist and most of them buy from Klar. Klar has personally lit the menorah with mayors, state senators and several governors. "One of the funnier moments was when Governor Christine Whitman hopped into the cherry picker and lit the menorah with me.  All of the governors since have insisted on the ride!"

Amidst the last push for deliveries, the Klars seemed relaxed in the knowledge that Hanukkah is about miracles and all will be okay. "As Jews we light the menorah to bring light into the darkness," explains Klar. "We've succeeded in doing that more and more each year, and for that we are very grateful."

TAP Into Another Town's News:

TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News

West Orange

Essex County Area Residents Invited to Run From Anywhere in World Orphans Virtual 5K

September 27, 2016

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Runners around northern New Jersey are encouraged to join the World Orphans Virtual Run to raise funds to provide care for orphaned children from now until Oct. 22. By registering online and participating in the 5K run at a location of the runner’s choice, participants will help raise funds to provide orphans with food, clothing, medical care, trauma counseling ...

Police Investigate Second Attempted Luring in Roselle

September 23, 2016

ROSELLE, NJ - Another attempt to lure a youth in Roselle occurred Thursday afternoon, Sept. 22, when a 16 year old girl was approached on the 500 block of Walnut st. around 4:30p.m by a man in a silver SUV style vehicle. According to Roselle Police Chief Gerald J. Orlando, the man exited the vehicle and grabbed the girl around the waist, but the girl was able to break free and run ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, October 1, 9:00 AM

Clipper Pavilion, West orange

Heroes for Children 5k and Family Fun Run

Health & Wellness

Sat, October 1, 10:00 AM

Bloomfield Library Esplanade, Bloomfield

Museum Attic Treasures Sale

Home & Garden

Sat, October 1, 12:00 PM

Montclair Art Museum, Montclair

do it

Arts & Entertainment

Monica Perkowski: Embracing Dialogue as a Path Forward

September 25, 2016

One of the focuses of my campaign is expanding the lines of communication between residents and the township council. To me, this means council members working with residents to solicit ideas and communicating with residents regularly to let them know why one might support, oppose, or have further questions about a given issue. A recent issue that fits this criteria is the potential Senior ...

Parents are the Only Hope for New Jersey Public Education

September 29, 2016

I really wanted to take one of my precious few PTO days I had left to drive down to Trenton on September 7th and tell the State Board of Education how disappointed I was in them, again... but more important things were going on.

There was a Kindergarten bus to catch and a first day of school morning to have and I had already wasted 2 of those precious days on a state BOE that has all but ...

Guests to Receive Complimentary Services at Mecca Integrated Medical Center Grand Reopening Event on Sept. 28

September 27, 2016

FAIRFIELD, NJ – Members of the community are invited to attend the Grand Reopening of Mecca Integrated Medical Center, on Wed., Sept. 28, from 6 p.m. to 9.p.m., at 333 U.S. 46 West, Building A Suite 135, in Fairfield, NJ. Guests will be offered gratis mini facials and massages; chiropractic adjustments; and complimentary pain, acupuncture and aesthetic consultations. All are welcome and ...

Fall Double Header for Maplecrest Ford Lincoln of Union

What an awesome day for a double header. We began in our Ford Mustang, the official pace car of the Union Township Chamber of Commerce Mayor's Cup 5K Race, and ended in a Lincoln MKC at the South Orange Village PlayDay.

Letting the Jean-ie Out of the Bottle

Sometime between the end of last spring and the beginning of this fall, someone snuck into my closet and shrunk all my jeans.  I tried to convince my husband that we had a problem with the dryer, but since all of his jeans still fit, it was a hard sell.  Without thinking it through, he scoffed and suggested that maybe it wasn't the jeans – maybe it was ...

‘Bathing in Moonlight’ Recalls 1950s Cuba

PRINCETON, NJ – Although this  play by Nilo Cruz is set in 2015, reflecting both Cuba and Miami, the theme is closer to struggles at least 30 years earlier. 

A priest who falls in love would more likely become an Episcopalian or even a Unitarian. So this dichotomy makes the whole premise less than believable. It’s really “The Thornbirds” revisited.
Raul ...