Leapin’ latkes! Do you know the place to have been this past Sunday, December 9, the first day of Chanukah?
All you had to do was follow the clowns, magicians, and over 1,200 Torah Academy for Girls parents, girls, family, and friends into the auditorium and gym of the TAG Elementary school to find a veritable carnival of fun, sure to lighten anyone’s mood. This free family event was sponsored by TAG with the help of many generous donors and volunteers. In the words of Dr. Shmuel Reisbaum, TAG’s executive director and the moving force behind this event, “The response I received from so many to help us bring some light and joy to the many victims of the hurricane was truly enlightening and heartwarming. Everyone who has been through this hurricane has been affected in one way or another. On a positive note, the TAG family has demonstrated a real sense of achdus by working together to bring some light into these dark times.” The Women’s League presidium jumped wholeheartedly into this project with excitement and enthusiasm.
With bouncing inflatable rides and professional carnival game booths plus more games produced by TAG’s own high school girls, the place was literally jumping for joy. Clowns, balloons, face painting, magicians, popcorn, cotton candy, doughnuts, and, of course, latkes all added to the flavor of the indoor street fair. Each child was presented with a special gift bag from TAG to take home to extend the lichtige spirit of Chanukah.
Many thanks go to Adventureland, Benny’s Judaica, Cuddles the Clown and Company, Gourmet Glatt, Judaica Plus, Moish the Magician, Pollak’s Bakery, R and R Inflatables, Royal Donuts, Sam Jacobs, Suki and Ding Productions, and Yocheved Rappoport for helping to make this such an incredible event. TAG also thanks Mrs. Judowitz and her amazing chesed team as well as all the high school students and parents who volunteered to assist. An extra special “thank you” (with the correct inflection) to Morah Faye Metz and Morah Chaya Kafka for donning their summer garb and keeping the latkes coming.
For those who worked hard to produce this event, the smiles on all the faces, young and old, made it all worthwhile. Just as the light of Chanukah increases on a daily basis, the TAG hanhalah prays that this event assisted in bringing an ever-increasing light of simcha and nachas.