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2017 Havdalah experiences for your family

Open to the community — bring your family and friends to Havdalah under the stars at CCM, Randolph

  • Saturday March 4

    7:30-9 p.m.
    Longo Planetarium - County College of Morris
    214 Center Grove Road, Randolph
    Best for ages 5 and up. - $10 per adult, $5 per child - Register by March 1
    An astronomer will lead us through a journey of shapes and legends that exist in our night time sky. Havdalah candles will be brought to us by Golda Och Academy STEM Lab Upper School students!

    SIGN UP TODAY!

    7:30-9 p.m.
    Longo Planetarium - County College of Morris
    214 Center Grove Road, Randolph
    Best for ages 5 and up. - $10 per adult, $5 per child - Register by March 1
    An astronomer will lead us through a journey of shapes and legends that exist in our night time sky. Havdalah candles will be brought to us by Golda Och Academy STEM Lab Upper School students!

    SIGN UP TODAY!

What is Havdalah?

Shabbat begins and ends with flames. Just as we begin Shabbat on Friday night with the lighting of two candles, on Saturday night we traditionally say “good bye” by lighting a multi-wick candle in the ritual known as Havdalah, or separation, which can begin when three stars are visible in the night sky.

Havdalah is a short multi-sensory ceremony consisting of four main blessings: blessing over the wine (or other liquid), blessing over the spices, blessing over the flame, and, finally the Havdalah blessing which separates from Shabbat and prepares us for the week ahead. Each symbol relates to our senses: wine is for taste; the spices are for smell; the candle is for sight; the blessings are heard; and we touch each ritual object as we pass them around.

We discern the bright stars against the dark sky just as we smell the spices in the normal air. Throughout our Havdalah programs we’ll explore the idea of nuanced differences as we have a great time with family and friends to enjoy Havdalah.

For more information, contact Justin Sakofs at jsakofs@jfedgmw.org or Leemor Ellman at lellman@jfedgmw.org.


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