hanukkahPress release from Congregation B’nai Israel

On Wednesday, December 17, bring a flashlight and your family menorah to Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson  to celebrate Chanukah, the eight day festival of light. Join local leaders Rabbi Jeff Sultar, Cantor Dov Goldberg and CBI’s SHMA Religious School children at 5 pm for festive prayers and songs as they light the large outdoor menorah on the grounds of the synagogue. The community is invited, and there is no charge to attend.

After the outdoor menorah lighting, all are invited inside for a Chanukah dinner and celebration. The dinner will begin with a group lighting as each family lights their own menorah (candles will be provided free of charge by CBI sisterhood).

menorahThe community dinner will follow, and will include traditional Chanukah foods such as latkes (potato pancakes), pulled brisket sandwiches, chicken nuggets, sufganiyot  (jelly donuts) and more. The cost is $9 per person or $18 per family for CBI members, $12.50 per person or $25 per family for non-members and $18 per person or $36 per family for late registrations and walk-ins.  Registration is required by December 10, 2014.

Following dinner, there will be kid-friendly music and fun entertainment provided by Ross Bernstein and Outrageous Parties. There will be dreidel games and Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins) for all.

For more information about this event and other CBI events, or for membership information, contact Synagogue Director Emilie Kovit-Meyer at (732)842-1800 x 203, or email To register for the Chanukah dinner, which is being sponsored by the CBI Sisterhood and Membership Committees, go to upcoming events at