Special Events

For more information on any of the following events, please contact Judith Hogan, Director of Religious Education, at jhogan@uumontclair.org or (973) 744-6276 ext. 16.

On Dia de los Muertos, one of Mexico’s most important celebrations, we remember and honor our ancestors and begin to talk about death through the use of music, crafts, reflection and food. Ultimately, it is a celebration of life.

Our Holiday Craft Workshop is held every year in the beginning of December. Are you crafty? Then bring your specialty to our event and lead a craft table. Not sure of a craft? Not to worry…we will also have some ready-to-go crafts and just need people to make them happen.

Children from our RE program participate in our yearly Holiday Pageant, usually held during services the week before Christmas. The themes change from year-to-year; themes from past pageants have included Harry Potter, American Idol and social networking. No acting experience necessary; speaking and non-speaking roles available. It is always one of the highlights of our congregational year.

Though the RE Program works on dismantling racism, hompohobia and all forms of oppression in a variety of ways, we devote the last Sunday in January to undoing racism. Volunteers create programs that awaken children and youth to the bias inherent in our culture. The children and youth acquire the tools that will help them fight oppression and stand up for justice. Together we work for a peaceful, fair and free world.

At the end of February we have an intergenerational service where our whole community focuses together on the same theme. Children and youth remain in the Sanctuary with the adults for the whole service, and often take part in presenting the service. The children will devote a month to age-appropriate study, field trips, and social service projects around the topic.

After both worship services, the congregation, young and old, helps care for our building and grounds by working on a list of chores the Buildings and Grounds Committees and our Facilities Manager have compiled, which usually includes raking leaves, trimming bushes, painting and planting with lunch at noon. Sign up a few weeks before the event to volunteer to work on a chore or to bring a dish for lunch.

The town of Montclair organizes this parade to be held on the first Saturday in June. Our Undoing Racism Committee takes an active role and the RE families are invited. Some ride bikes, others walk and carry our congregation’s banner while waving to well-wishers. An uplifting community spirit fills the air.

We close the program year with an all-congregation picnic. It is a time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends as we bid each other farewell for the summer. The food is good, the company is great and the activities are fun.