Chanukah and Police Appreciation Day at Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel

Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel is inviting the entire community to a unique Chanukah celebration, with a special ceremony honoring the police departments of Colts Neck, Middletown, and Holmdel. The Holmdel police are celebrating 50 years of serving our community with honor, integrity, and commitment. Everyone is encouraged to come out and stand with the men and women in blue who protect and serve our community on Monday, December 26 at 5:00 p.m. at the Holmdel Firehouse, 35 West Main Street. Everyone will have a chance to help paint a giant menorah blue, take a picture with a police officer, and enjoy good holiday food, followed by the menorah lighting and a grand game of Dreidel.

“Whatever one’s political outlook or party affiliation may be, I think we can all agree that these men and women put their lives on the line for us every single day,” says Rabbi Shmaya Galperin, executive director of Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel, who is coordinating the effort. “How quickly so many have forgotten 9/11, when police officers ran into those towers to save lives – many losing their own lives in the process. This is behavior police officers exhibit all the time. They are heroes in our midst who safeguard our laws and our safe, decent, and peaceful way of life.”

The event is free of charge and open to the entire community. Public dignitaries and community leaders will attend the ceremony and will assist in kindling the menorah in blue. Attendees will have an opportunity to choose from a variety of Chanukah activities and crafts, Jewish music, and traditional Chanukah refreshments, including jelly donuts and chocolate coins – a must-have treat for Chanukah. It’s an event that promises to be exciting for all ages.

Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, expresses the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression, and light over darkness. In its Chanukah outreach campaign, the Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel, Colts Neck, and Middletown communities joins thousands of Chabad centers across the globe in staging similar public displays of the menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Colombia to Hong Kong, New York City’s Ground Zero to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad.

Join Chabad in a public display of unity at this exciting Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Bring the kids and make this your special Chanukah celebration. To receive your free Chanukah kit or for more information about this event and the public menorah lighting ceremony to take place in Colts Neck at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28 at the Orchards at Colts Neck, visit, call Rabbi Shmaya Galperin at (732) 772-1998, or send an email to


Holiday Toy Drive

Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel is also holding its annual Holiday Toy Drive, where new toys are being collected to be distributed to underprivileged children and those who are undergoing medical treatment during the holiday season at Jersey Shore Medical Center. Unwrapped new toys, coloring books, and puzzle books can be dropped off at the following locations: ConnectOne Bank in Holmdel, Chabad Jewish Center of Holmdel, Snap Fitness in the Shoprite Shopping Center of Aberdeen, Elice Dental Care in Hazlet, Brandywine in Colts Neck, and Mark Payne Farmers Insurance at the Orchards Shopping Center in Colts Neck. A donation can also be made at that will go to the purchase of a new toy. The drive runs through Tuesday, December 20.