A Hanukkah Tradition of Giving

Oh, dreidel, dreidel, dreidel!  Hanukkah is one of my favorite holidays.  It is a celebration of the miracle of the oil that was only supposed to last for one night but lasted for eight nights.  Each night another candle is added so that by the end of the holiday the menorah shines powerfully –  a symbol of hope just when we need it most.

As a child, I loved lighting the candles on the menorah and watching them glow.  As an adult, Hanukkah has taken on a deeper significance, teaching lessons about resilience and tenacity.  

For those who celebrate Hanukkah, may the warmth and light of each candle shine brightly for you and your loved ones. 

The beauty of the holiday season is that while we may celebrate different holidays, our shared commitment to kindness and giving can light all our paths forward.  

~ Be the Light You Wish to See in the World ~

Never underestimate the power of one person – or child.  My daughters delighted in purchasing gifts at Target for children in foster care as well as The Giving Tree at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, Florida.  

This charitable experience also provided the chance to talk to my children about giving: how it works, who are the recipients, and how can our family help?

We’re celebrating philanthropy and Hanukkah in our hearts and minds as we take meaningful action we hope delivers much-needed joy to children.  Hanukkah calls on us to support others through difficult times and bring happiness through generosity. 

After finding the perfect presents, my daughters donated toys to children in foster care with Jewish Adoption and Family Care Options (JAFCO).  JAFCO is a non-profit organization which provides services to abused and neglected children in South Florida.

Together, we can inspire positive change and a lifelong love of giving in children.  Now more than ever, we are seeing the importance of empowering the next generation to be givers and changemakers.

As kids volunteer and lend a helping hand, it provides them with a deeper understanding of others and being a force for good in the world.  

I immensely enjoyed wrapping gifts at JAFCO, whose mission is to provide care, safety and support to children and their families within the Jewish community and beyond who are impacted by abuse, neglect, trauma, or developmental disabilities.  Giving every child a place to belong is JAFCO’s goal and mine. 

The meaning of Hanukkah is in many ways about rededicating our efforts to help others have a brighter future.  

My goal as a family law attorney is to assist clients through the foster care system and adoption process in a supportive, smooth and economical way.  Helping clients build their families with care and compassion is not only possible, but probable.  

Stay tuned for our Christmas and Year in Review newsletter!  Read my Hanukkah newsletter with more photos here