The eight-day holiday of Chanukah comes to a close on December 19th.
commemoration, menorahs are lit for eight days and are typically placed on
display in window sills where they can tell their story to passersby.
And what story do they tell? First, they tell of the values of family and
community, as the faces of those we love glow in the candlelight and feel warmed
by its flame. They tell the stories of risk and rescue, dedication to ideals and
devotion to others that make such celebrations possible.
Chanukah celebrates the victory of the priestly Maccabee family and heroic
private citizens in their struggle against the powerful Greeks, who had
conquered Jerusalem and the Temple in the 2nd century B.C.E. The victors
succeeded in regaining the rights to choose their own government, to freely
observe Judaism, and to rededicate their Holy Temple.
The ceremony of rededication called the “Chanukah” required lighting a
candelabrum for eight days, but a miracle occurred: a tiny supply of
uncontaminated oil, enough for a single day, lasted for all eight days.
To those of
us at JCCA, who have the privilege of serving others, the candles tell a special
story. They remind us of our mission to find the spark of uniqueness within all
of our clients, even when they may have lost sight of it themselves. They remind
us to illuminate the unsteady path toward dignity and self-reliance. And they
remind us always to bear the torch of hope and possibility for children and
Happy Holidays to you all, and a healthy, joyous, fulfilling year to those
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Helps the Neediest
recently featured in an article from the 2009-2010 New York Times Neediest Cases campaign about
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his Jewish roots. Click here to
read the complete article.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 9, 2010
& Hors d’œuvres
The Cottage Schools
Pleasantville, NY 10570
If you would like to attend this event you can
purchase tickets online.
If you cannot attend the event, please consider
making a donation.
The Cottage Schools —
Pleasantville Cottage School, Edenwald Center, and Pleasantville Diagnostic
Center — are residential treatment programs of Jewish Child Care Association. We
work with hundreds of abused and neglected inner city youth who need a safe and
structured environment while they work to resolve their difficulties and build
an independent future.
There is a $1 million gap between
government funding and necessary expenses. This is why we need your help. Every
dollar raised will go directly into programs to give help and hope to these
young people throughout the year.
can make a difference
Event — Purchase tickets and join us for a festive winter evening with
cocktails, hors d’œuvres, and entertainment.
Additional Donation — Plant a seed of hope for our youth by making an
additional gift and watch your investment bloom throughout the seasons. You can
enclose a gift with your reply, make a donation or pledge on the night of the
event, or donate online at jccany.org/tree.
Sponsor — Consider joining our list of major contributors whose support is
vital to the youth we serve.
the season, every child deserves to grow up hopeful
Spring, Summer, Fall — Your gift really matters
Four Seasons — A year
of life programming for one campus resident that includes field trips,
educational explorations, sporting events, dances, holiday parties, and special
events for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day
Winter — Jackets,
boots, scarves, and hats for one cottage
Spring — Uniforms and
equipment for a sports team
Summer — Stipend for
one youth in the Work Internship Program for eight weeks
Fall — New school
outfits, books, and school supplies
We need your support! Consider a generous donation to
JCCA so that every child can grow up hopeful. To make a
contribution, please click