Sunday, December 21, 2008

Chanukah Countdown Roundup & a Tree!

Chanukah Countdown Ima on and off the Bima

The first night of Chanukah is tonight, and I wanted to thank you all for joining me on my Chanukah Countdown Party! It's been quite fun for me to give things away every day (even if it was a little stressful) and I thank you all for reading and playing along.

A huge thank you to all those who gave me things to give away. Here they are, along with the winners of each day's giveaway:

Monday, Oh Nuts, winner: @kvetchingeditor Chaviva
Tuesday, PopJudaica, winner: Reiza, @reizam
Wednesday, Modern Tribe, winner: Rebecca, aka @tzurriz
Thursday, Bruce the Hanukkah Moose, winner: TechyDad! @techydad
Friday, ShirLaLa Chanukah, winner: @valerie2350 
Motzei Shabbat, Build-A-Bear, winner Leora, @leoraw 

Many thanks again to all who played along!

But it's not over yet.

Chanukah is here and I've decided to continue the fun. So all week I'm going to be giving away Tzedakah, gifts of charitable contributions in honor of my commenters and readers! It will be a little different each day so come back and visit me.

Chanukah Sameach!

Today I'm giving away a tree. It's partly because trees seem to be on the brain but also because it's always been one of my favorite ways to give tzedakah. Jewish National Fund has been planting trees in Israel since 1928 and their work has broadened and continued over time. Today they engage in amazing work for the Land of Israel.

I will plant a tree in honor of one of my wonderful readers. Make a comment on this post. Say something nice about trees, about Israel, about Chanukah...whatever you want! I'll let you know sometime on Monday.

You can even choose the forest/certificate (one of the $18 ones, not the $5000 forest, sorry) - go to JNF's website and check out all their great works.

Stay tuned for more.
Happy Chanukah!



Anonymous said...

Hug a tree!
Great way to support Israel, Phyllis! ;-D

Robin said...

Happy Hannukah from chilly (and rainy! We got soaked in the Hula today) Israel. Hope you're having a great one.

Anonymous said...

Saw this in the NYTimes. Right down your blogging alley:

Well: Rethinking the Latke
By By Tara Parker-Pope
Published: December 22, 2008
A popular Hanukkah treat gets reinvented with health in mind.