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Chanukah took off with a bang with hundreds gathered at the Annual First Night of Chanukah Family Celebration. The evening began with an escape artist performance and a musical Havdallah service with Rabbi Shalom Ber Prus. We were honored with the presence of Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker from the Newton Police Department, who lit the Shamash candle of the large outdoor Menorah. Dr. Bruce Dezube was honored with the lighting of the first candle. The celebration continued indoors with an incredible Jazz Band, full Chinese buffet dinner, latkes, donuts and a premium open bar. The kids enjoyed Chanukah crafts while a strolling mentalist entertained all ages.
Families enjoyed a Chanukah Balloon Extravaganza with multiple Chanukah themed activities and treats. The children enjoyed a music and movement with Chanukah songs followed by the lighting of the magnificent 15 foot balloon Menorah.
Over 40 ladies enjoyed socializing at a night out in the Chanukah spirit. They introduced themselves through an interactive game with the letters of the Dreidel and had a meaningful discussion learning about the women's role in the miracle of Chanukah. Look at all the unique granite Menorahs the women walked home with that night!
Teens at CTeen Newton made their own waffles with an assortment of toppings and played an interactive Chanukah themed Kahoot game. They organized a toy drive for the children in Israel who suffered from the recent fires. The teens were enlightened by an uncensored question and answer session with Guest Speaker, Dr. Binyomin Abrams, senior lecturer of Boston University's Department of Chemistry, which led into heated discussions on contemporary issues.
Ladies got together for a night out to prepare for Rosh Hashanah. Itty Prus demonstrated how to create a gourmet Rosh Hashanah dessert and then shared some insights on the holiday. Participants than created unique Shana Tova cards guided by an instructor. Mingling and treats completed the evening. Thank you Dana for hosting!
Teens delivered the cupcakes that were made at the CTeen Newton Kickoff to residents at the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly. The teens gave them New Years cards and wished them a Shana Tova. The teens enjoyed conversing with the elderly.
Following the teen's visit, the elderly experienced a Shofar Factory with Rabbi Shalom Ber Prus, to see how a shofar is made.
Dozens of teens gathered to kickoff the year at CTeen Newton. The evening began with writing Shana Tova cards for the elderly. The teens mingled and got to meet new friends with a fun icebreaker activity. CTeen student leaders introduced CTeen to the participants. The teens were divided into teams and the CTeen Cupcake Wars began! Each team designed their own cupcakes and had a chance to explain the theme of their design. Following the event the cupcakes were given as a Rosh Hashanah gift to the residents at the Jewish Housing for the Elderly.
The evening concluded with CTeen Newton participating in the international CTeen Mitzvah Challenge by accepting the challenge from CTeen of Milwau
Teens of CTeen Newton volunteered at Food for Your Table. They collected produce at the end of the Farmers Market and distributed it to residents at affordable housing units in Newton.
Adults and children were fascinated by the hands-on experience of crafting their own shofars. Rabbi Shalom Ber Prus presented various horns and then demonstrated how a horn is transformed into a Shofar. Participants were then able to experience the process themselves with their very own Shofar.
With the recent attacks on law enforcement officials across the country, teens at CTeen felt that they should express their appreciation to the local Police officers. The teens baked chocolate chip cookies and then delivered them to the Newton Police Department. While the cookies were baking in the oven, together with Rabbi Shalom Ber Prus, the teens explored Judaic sources on the importance of law enforcement. Lieutenant Bruce Apotheker, together with other officers, met the teens at the station and gave them an extensive tour. The Police officers were very thankful for the thoughtful appreciation the teens displayed.
Teens gathered around the fire to celebrate Lag Baomer! While enjoying a BBQ dinner, they learned about the significance of the day. The teens created unique decorative flower centerpieces for the Shavuot community lunch. The evening concluded with marshmallow roasting, s'mores and an interactive game around the fire-pit.
What a fun evening! Women enjoyed wine and desserts as Itty Prus shared insights on Passover and on the women's special role of the Exodus of Egypt. The women relaxed with painting a colorful Judaic art piece of the crossing of the Red Sea.. Everyone was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of their painting!