In 2018, there were more than 530,000 Jewish people in the state of New Jersey. That number is expected to increase. The Garden State and many of the people living here are honoring the Jewish Community for their contribution in several sectors.
There are a number of Jewish organizations and groups in New Jersey and they are coming up with more ways to celebrate not only their religion but their people and others as well.
Most events are considered educational and conversive with people talking about the laws, theology, culture and lives of the Jewish people.
Dinner, Laws and History
Several Jewish organizations in New Jersey are holding private dinners to talk about the history of the Jews and Judaism in the country. People come and present their own stories of struggle and triumph.
Others talk about the lives of the people from the past and how they faced and conquered discrimination and racism.
One good example is an event the Jewish Federation wherein a rotating exhibit showcasing old and iconic dinnerware from different families today and in the past. This idea is also done in literature as more and more authors are producing novels and articles narrating the different aspects of the lives of the Jewish Community.
These events are also opportunities for people to discuss ancient laws that have been passed down from one generation to another. In New Jersey, some of these dinners invite Rabbis to talk about Judaism’s take on gambling and dog betting.
Nowadays, not all Jewish people are not fully familiar with their laws, therefore they don’t observe it. For example, dog betting or any kind of gambling is not only frowned upon but is actually considered an immoral act in Judaism.
Jewish Games for all kids
There are a lot of traditional Jewish games and they’re not solely for Jewish kids alone, but for everyone. Kids of all religions are sure to have fun playing The Dreidel Game. Imagine them spinning the dreidel and conversing with each other.
This is also a learning opportunity to tell kids about the rich history of the Jews. Let’s take the Dreidel Game for example. This game is commonly played during the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.
Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of oil in ancient times. The story behind it talks about oil that was supposed to last only a couple of hours but lasted for eight days straight.
Important reminder, since it’s New Jersey, gambling as a celebration for Jews is not only frowned upon but their own religious text does not agree with gambling.