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Children from Congregation Agudath Israel Gather in Song at West Caldwell Menorah

Carolyne Volpe Curley

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 • 11:20pm


WEST CALDWELL, NJ - With happy faces and joined in song, children from Caldwell’s Congregation Agudath Israel gathered together around the West Caldwell menorah on Tuesday to celebrate the season of Hanukkah. On hand for the occasion was Rabbi Alan Silverstein, along with West Caldwell Mayor Joseph Tempesta, Jr., Council President Stephen Wolsky, Councilman Rich Otterbein, the township’s administrator, Adam Brewer and Chief of Police Michael J. Bramhall.


Children from Congregation Agudath Israel Gather at West Caldwell Menorah Lighting, Nov. 3, 2013
Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

The children began by singing “The Candle Blessing,” a traditional hanukkah piece which is sung while lighting a menorah:

Baruch atah Adonay  
Elohenu malech haolam  
Asher kid'shanu b'mitzvotav  
Vitzivanu l'hadlik ner  
Shel Hanukkah. 

Baruch ata Adonay  
Elohenu melech haolam  
Sheh asa nisim laavotenu  
Bayamim hamem bazman hazeh. 

They finished by singing the children’s game song, “The Dreidel Song.”

The children of Congregation of Agudath Israel along with Rabbi Alan Silverstein, West Caldwell Mayor Joe Tempesta, Jr., Council President Stephen Wolsky and Councilman Rich Otterbein   Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

Afterwards, the children went upstairs to the West Caldwell Community Center and enjoyed playing with their dreidels and chocolate gelt and spending time with the mayor.


West Caldwell Mayor Joe Tempesta, Jr. surrounded by the children of Congregation of Agudath Israel  Credit: Carolyne Volpe Curley

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