'Latkerama' and public menorah lighting scheduled to help families celebrate.
Saturday marks the first of eight nights of Hanukkah for the Jewish community. As Jews are preparing their menorahs, or, in Hebrew, "hanukiah," Saturday, the leaders of two local temples are reminding their congregants, and others, of the reason for the season. Rabbi Mark Finkel, of the Pine Brook Jewish Center, said Hanukkah is a reminder of religious freedom, "which we take for granted in the United States as one of our freedoms." "It was something that was rarely known in the ancient world," he said. "We see, in terms of our world today, that there is religious intolerance." Finkel said the story of Hanukkah dates back to ancient times when a group of Jews, the Maccabees, had to fight for their freedom. After returning to their temple …
Montville kicks off the holiday season as kids sing Christmas carols.
Santa Claus came to town Monday night after dozens of Montville children sang holiday tunes with his name. The kids and their parents gathered at the Montville municipal building for the annual tree-lighting and holiday celebration. Elvis the Elf performed holiday tunes while attendees sang along. Santa and Frosty the Snowman arrived just after 7 p.m. on two Pine Brook Volunteer Fire Department trucks.
Montville volunteers will celebrate the holidays at the municipal building.
Montville Township will be hosting its annual tree-lighting event Monday at the township municipal building. A countdown will lead to the lighting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Santa Claus and a snowman will also make an appearance after riding in on a Montville Township Volunteer Fire Department fire truck. The Montville Women's Club will be providing refreshments and local Girl Scouts troops will be making decoratins for the tree that is displayed inside the lobby throughout the holiday season. The Pine Brook Jewish Center will also be hosting a menorah-lighting ceremony later this month.