I have so many happy memories from Chanukah this past December at the Tree. I hope our students and families will carry these with them into the future. It’s so important to take time for ourselves to celebrate and find joy in our traditions and festivals. Chanukah, loved by all and especially our children is a time to bring more light into our world and our community.

Rabbi Myers delighted our TLC students with forming a TLC Makelah (choir). Our children learned, sang, and performed four Chanukah songs, in four different languages! What a treat and what fun it was to learn them with Rabbi Myers! I made plenty of sugar cookie dough that our children formed tons chanukah shaped cookies. There was even enough for the adults to decorate at our first night of Chanukah shul wide celebration. We lit the Chanukiot together, sang the brachot, enjoyed the Makelah and sang together. We enjoyed games, crafts and delicious food for all! On December 17th we traveled to Beth Shalom for the annual Lat...

On Sunday, November 12th we had the unique and special experience of welcoming New Light Congregation to their new sanctuary at Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha. I was thrilled for our students and madrichim (teen helpers) to join the procession  with New Light on Shady Avenue. They marched proudly in the street with a Chuppah and their Torahs.

Even though we are in Sq. Hill, it really isn’t everyday you see a group of Jewish people in a parade down Shady Avenue carrying a chuppah and several Torahs. What a special treat this was for the children at TLC. The children of course became instantly excited when they saw the television cameras and press there. Once we were in the building we joined in the festivities of welcoming New Light with singing in their new space.

Chanukah is coming and we look forward to joining together for our community and school Chanukah Party on December 12 from 5:15 - 6:30 PM. Additionally, our school will join with the greater Pittsburgh community by attending Latkepal...

Join us in a very special holiday project, led by our TLC 7th Grade Class...

The Chanukah Mitzvah Menorah: A gift collection for families in need
  
Here's how it works:
 
In the lobby of the synagogue, a large menorah is on display.  Hanging on this menorah, are special tags containing the gender and age of an anonymous child.  Each tag represents a needy child whose family cannot afford presents.
 
We are asking all members of our community to “take a tag” and purchase a small gift of your choice that is age and gender appropriate for the child on your tag.  There is no minimum or maximum amount of money that you must spend on a gift, every gift counts, no matter the size!!
 
All gifts will be donated to local charities that will distribute them to the families during Hanukkah and other holidays throughout the month.

The gifts should be brought to Alex at the synagogue.  We will be collecting the presents through December 20th.
 
Please contact Alex at alex@tolols.org...

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