Chanukah Celebration

ALTTA-Web-graphic2017On Sunday, December 10, CRT members were joined by friends and neighbors from greater Boston, for the 9th annual presentation of our Chanukah Cantata that celebrates the Festival of Lights in evocative stories and music. Accompanied by the famed Zamir Chorale, members of the congregation recounted the story of Chanukah from its beginnings through the present day, in the narrative program composed by Rabbi Berman.

For the third year, the Temple honored a group of non-profit partners in the community, whose missions of service to the health, social and cultural life of the people of Boston furthers the broad ethical values of our own congregation. Leaders from eight organizations lit the candles of our Menorah, as part of the narrative program. We want to extend special thanks to the great “ALTTA Team” who have worked throughout the past year to coordinate this singular highlight of CRT’s outreach to the community: Co- Producers Paula Dickerman and Susan Werbe; Production Team – Steven Littlehale, Arthur Marquis, Merle Marquis, Caren Peters, James Robinson, Jan Shapiro, Tannus Schlam and Lillian Weigert. We received several emails of appreciation from attendees and our honorees. “Thank you again for honoring The Greater Boston Food Bank as part of the Light Through the Ages celebration. We’d love to talk about your honoring us in our internal newsletter.” From Company One Theatre, “I am so grateful to you for including us in such a lovely ceremony this evening. I was humbled and touched beyond words to be grouped with such an illustrious group of non-profits.

The ceremony was remarkable. Full of love, empathy, compassion and inclusion. You’ve built something special and I am honored to have been a small part of it.”Once again, the highlight of our Chanukah season will be a beautiful and meanigful performance of A Light Through the Ages on December 10, 2017, our annual gift to the Greater Boston community.


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This year, we are proud to honor the following important local organizations whose work illustrates the underlying values of Chanukah as well as those of CRT: justice and peace; stimulating interfaith dialogue; and providing cultural enrichment. Click here for more information.

  1. Company One, Shawn LaCount, Artistic Director
  2. Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts,
    The Rt. Rev. Alan M. Gates, Bishop Diocesan
  3. Fenway Health, Stephen L. Boswell, MD, President & CEO
  4. Greater Boston Food Bank, Catherine D’Amato, President & CEO
  5. JCAN (Jewish Climate Action Network), Rabbi Katy Allen, Co-founder & President
  6. Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, Margo Simon Golden, President
  7. MIRA (The Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition),
    Eva Millona, Executive Director
  8. Tenacity, Ned Eames, Founder and CEO