Lighting the Menorah to Benefit the Jackson Food Pantry on December 12th

Hanukkah menorah (nine-branched candelabrum) with burning colored candles on a dark blue background

Chanukah is the Jewish Festival of lights. This year a local Jewish Organization is teaming up with a local gift shop and bringing light to those who need it most.

On Tuesday, December 12th, Chabad of Jackson will be joining with The White Butterfly for a unique holiday celebration.

The centerpiece of the evening will be the construction of a giant menorah — The Giving Menorah — made from cans.

The size of the Menorah built that evening will be limited only by the generosity of local donors.

“Having people participate in the actual construction and the donating of the cans makes everyone take ownership of this,” says Rabbi Shmuel Naparstek, Director of Chabad. “We have a responsibility to use our celebration to help others within our communities who are less fortunate.”

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“We’ve been collecting cans for weeks,” Naparstek said. “The more we get, the bigger the menorah.”

“By reaching out to those in need, Chabad is making Chanukah a community event,” Naparstek said.

We’re not limiting it to us,” he said. “Through this celebration, we are giving to others.”

Cans of food can be dropped off at The White Butterfly (200 N. County Line Road), or at Chabad (645 Cross Street). To donate towards the purchase of cans, please visit, or call Chabad at 732-523-5112.

All cans will be donated to the Jackson Food Pantry following the event.

The Menorah lighting ceremony will commence at 5pm on Tuesday December 12th, at The White Butterfly (200 N. County Line Road). In addition to the lighting ceremony, there will be music, crafts, and refreshments.

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Jackson Township officials and community leaders will be in attendance.

For more information about this and other programs, please contact Rabbi Naparstek at 732-523-5112 or


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