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Jan 06, 2022

Congregation B’nai Israel Celebrates ChanukahPalooza

By Lori Draz

Happy families came out to celebrate the fun and festivities at CBI’s ChanukahPalooza on Dec. 4. The event was full of games, food and fun. 

The Congregation B’nai Israel committee thanks all the members for their hard work, vision and meticulous planning! The committee includes Erin Blum, Bonnie Cooper, Stacey Rassas Klinge, Sari Morrone, Amy Rosen, Barbara Rosen, Tara Siers, Romy Weine, Suzanne Cohen Wycoff and Jana Chepenik Zager. 

From left: Marissa Klein Kay, Nancy Klein and Jamie Klein Sztoser

The delicious food was made and served by CBI Chef Margo Tikijian with volunteers Rona Kaplan, Anne Greene, David Greene and Ellen Levine. The fabulous photo backdrop was made by Rachel Cyzner and Wendy Siegler. The committee also sends special thanks to CBI’s Rabbi Doug Sagal, Executive Director Emilie Kovit-Meyer and Communications Coordinator Judy Kochis for all the behind-the-scenes details to make this joyous event possible. They also thank Judy and Amy Mattocia for signing people in and Will Calhoun for all the help in setting up and cleanup.

CBI also wishes to thank everyone for making the annual Holiday Boutique, held on Nov. 17, such a success. Monies raised support CBI’s preschool, Gan Yeladim and Religious School, “SHMA.” This incredible, high-energy sales event was led for the fifth year in a row by powerhouse sister duo Marissa Klein Kay and Jamie Klein Sztoser, both of whom are CBI members, parents of Gan alumni and current SHMA students along with being the founders of the dreamcatchers, a Monmouth County-based consulting firm and podcast focused on building both personal and professional brands. Their mom, Nancy, has been teaching as part of the Gan family since 2016.

24 small businesses and hundreds of shoppers came together to raise $35,000 in sales in six hours. The curated list of vendors included Anna’s Hummingbird, Bee Bee Designs, Bonnie Jennifer, Bracelet Betch, Brinn, Bungalow Road, Celines Boutique LLC, Early Mommy, Eat. Sleep. Tie-Dye, Geaux Jewelry, Gemsi, Greenlines, Jetsetter Kids, Karma, Barre Boutique, La Chapeau, Lili’skiosque by Lili Piazza, LUXE BTQE, Merle Works, Mod39, Rasaforyou, Skin and Grace, Physhion, Winz Market, and Wonnaful.

Congregation B’nai Israel has numerous events throughout the year, and you are invited to learn more and join in. 

Congregation B’nai Israel is located at 171 Ridge Rd. in Rumson. To learn more about upcoming events, visit CBIRumson.org.