Temple Sholom Celebrates, Thanks First Responders

Temple Sholom of West Essex celebrated the Jewish high holiday of Sukkot this year by inviting members to sign messages of thanks and hope, and to give a donation to local first responders. After the holiday, the Temple presented four pages of written greetings and a monetary donation of $1,000 to the Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad. “As we thought of ideas for Sukkot we struggled with bringing a large group together, even outdoors, for one big event,” said Jason Langer, a vice-President of Temple Sholom of West Essex. “Inviting the congregation to stop by at their leisure over a four day period helped to include everyone in our celebration, and added to our sense of togetherness, safely. Temple members were delighted to take our celebration a step further by thanking the first responders who have been working so hard to keep our community safe.”


“It is wonderful to know during this busy time with back- to-school and the change of seasons, that people in our community are thinking of us and are aware that we are here to help. We are grateful for this donation and the lovely, heartwarming notes we are reading from the temple’s membership,” said Cedar Grove Ambulance and Rescue Squad Assistant Captain Sandy Huber.

Sukkot is one of the most joyful festivals on the Jewish calendar. “Sukkot,” a Hebrew word meaning “booths” or “huts,” refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. The holiday has also come to commemorate the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah, Jewish law made up of the first five books of the bible, atop Mt. Sinai.


Temple Sholom of West Essex is a Reform Jewish congregation, established in Cedar Grove in 1954. Our members come from Cedar Grove and surrounding communities. The temple offers a full array of religious education, worship, social and community activities.

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