Annual Chanukah Experience. The Five Towns was full of Chanukah joy and spirit thanks to Chabad of the Five Towns. The annual Chanukah Experience was open to the public all Chanukah and was a big hit. Many familiar faces as well as new families experiencing Chabad’s warmth enjoyed favorite Chabad Chanukah activities such as face painting, meeting Yehudah HaMacabee, creating menorahs with Legos and Clics, latke making, Chanukah game show, clay bar, and the toddler center. The huge dreidel with interactive projects was back by popular demand.
“The Giving Menorah,” a 6-foot friendship menorah, was exciting. Kids created friendship bracelets and had the opportunity to request where the friendship bracelets were to be donated.
Children with special needs enjoyed the Friendship Circle holiday program. The children, along with their very devoted volunteers, visited the Chanukah Experience, where they were greeted with the opportunity to make Chanukah crafts, play games, and decorate cookies. They loved hearing Chanukah stories, singing Chanukah songs, and doing Chanukah crafts.
The Andrew J. Parise Park (Cedarhurst Park) once again saw a large crowd which gathered to enjoy Chanukah music and hot latkes as community leaders and dignitaries led the menorah lighting ceremony. The tallest menorah in the Five Towns was lit each night.
A free festival of lights and song, generously hosted by Gourmet Glatt was a big Chanukah highlight. Following the menorah lighting in Cedarhurst Park, the community was treated to a wonderful musical program featuring Yehuda Green, three generations of Piamentas, Yoni Z, and Benny Friedman. The program appealed to a varied crowd and young and old appreciated the uplifting music especially at this difficult time of rebuilding. This concert was instrumental in infusing the community with much-needed simcha.
There were additional public menorah lightings this year, including on Rockaway Turnpike with Sholom Jacobs.
Chabad of The Five Towns is dedicated to personally contacting every Jewish household during this season, including visits to local hospitals, care homes, jails, and public menorah lighting ceremonies in major shopping centers and public menorah displays.
Chabad has made great inroads in their endeavor to bring light into the lives of many. They are lighting candles, and more importantly, they are lighting neshamas, igniting the often dormant sparks of Judaism for many. Please invest in their community efforts to continue permeating the Five Towns and surrounding communities with the feeling and joy and warmth. For sponsorship opportunities, call 516-295-2478 or visit www.chabad5towns.com.
Chabad of Hewlett Chanukah on Ice. Chabad of Hewlett, a division of Chabad of the Five Towns, hosted a “Chanukah on Ice” extravaganza at Grant Park on Tuesday evening last week. The event was attended by more than 200 people. Activities included decorating (and eating) jelly doughnuts, and enjoying the warm fireplace in the park building. The many participants were enthralled to watch a block of ice become a giant 5-foot ice menorah. Everyone enjoyed skating to vibrant Chanukah music and adults and children enjoyed the indoor Chanukah party and craft activities as well. A fun time was had by all, especially the many children that participated in crafts, played dreidel, tried ice skating for the first time, and participated in a raffle for holiday prizes.
Chabad of Hewlett offered a daily menorah lighting with dignitaries and supporters. The Chabad of Hewlett expresses sincere appreciation to community leaders who participated in the lighting of the Hewlett Menorah located on Broadway and East Rockaway Road last week—Dr. Zachary Gerut, Elise and Mark Weiss (Mayor of Hewlett Harbor), Mr. Bernard Fuchs, Mr. Dan Vaknine, Mr. Joe Cohen, the Honorable Howard Kopel, Mr. Richard Obshotcko, and Mr. Steven Bouskila.
Rabbi Nochem Tenenboim of Chabad of Hewlett wants to thank the whole Hewlett community for participating in the week’s events. “I’m proud to be part of a neighborhood that shows such unity. These events are really for the whole community and the whole family,” said Tenenboim. “We all need some brightness and warmth at this time of year.”
For more information about the Chabad of Hewlett, including the numerous classes open to the community, please contact Rabbi Tenenboim at 516-537-8770, e-mail Rabbi@JewishHewlett.com, or visit www.jewishhewlett.com.