Traditions of Hanukkah and Christmas at the Library

A special program highlighting the traditions and reasons for Hanukkah and Christmas will be featured at the Monmouth County Headquarters Library, 125 Symmes Dr. Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.

Rabbi Brooks Sussman of Freehold, an adjunct professor at Brookdale Community College, and Dr.  Christopher M. Bellitto, a church historian with long experience with the media on matters of church history and contemporary Catholicism, will present the program. The pair has been recognized as “The God Squad” of Brookdale.

Sussman, who is also the Rabbi at Congregation Kol Aman in Freehold, teaches history, philosophy, and bible as literature at Brookdale.   His courses have covered Western religious tradition, Jews and Christians in words and deeds, and Watershed Moments in History.

Bellitto, author of eight books and numerous other publications, received his master’s and doctorate degrees in History from Fordham University, and his undergraduate degree from New York University where he was a University Scholar with majors in journalism and politics, and minors in Classics and Religion.  He is currently academic editor for the Paulist Press and creator and editor of its series, Rediscovering Vatican II.  His writings have been honored by the American Catholic Historical Association and the Catholic Press Association.

Both holidays fall on Dec, 25 this year, the first time since 1959  the first night of the eight day Jewish Festival of Lights has occurred on Dec. 25.  It is only occurring four times within a 100 year cycle.

No reservations are needed for the program. For further information on this and all programs at any of the branches of the Monmouth County Library, visit www.