The Chabad Chai Chanukah Experience, December 9–14

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Light up the night (and day) with Chabad of the Five Towns’ 18th Annual Chanukah Experience, December 9–14, located at 136 Washington Avenue in Cedarhurst (formerly Pump It Up, soon to be Warren Levi Martial Arts and Fitness).

Enjoy your favorite Chabad Chanukah activities such as face-painting, meeting “Yehudah HaMaccabee,” creating menorahs with Legos and Clics, latke-making, Chanukah game show, clay bar where children can get creative, and a toddler center. The experience has now been supersized and includes a huge dreidel with interactive projects.

Check out “The Giving Menorah,” a six-foot “friendship” menorah. Children will create friendship bracelets and every child will have the opportunity to request where the friendship bracelets will be donated.

Musical, magical, artistic, tasty, and fun events each day. Tickets will be sold at the door for 1½-hour time slots. Admission is $10 per person for an all-inclusive experience, or choose to pay $5 per person and purchase the craft projects separately for $2 each. Either way, it will be great fun!

Chabad thanks the sponsors of this event: Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Brafman, Central Perk, Five Towns Jewish Times, Gourmet Glatt, Jacobs Real Estate Advisors LLC, Novak Juhase and Stern LLP, Party Source, Qcumbers, and Seasons.

Follow the Chanukah fun to the Andrew J. Parise Park (formerly the Cedarhurst Park), corner of Cedarhurst and Summit Avenues, for music and hot latkes as community leaders and dignitaries lead the menorah-lighting ceremony every evening. The tallest menorah in the Five Towns will be lit each night and on Friday afternoon.

The schedule is as follows (lighting is at 6:00 p.m. except on Friday): Motzaei Shabbat, December 8, Mr. David Friedman; Sunday, December 9, Mr. Benjamin Brafman; Monday, December 10, Mr. Uri Ottensoser; Tuesday, December 11, Mr. Aaron Fischman; Wednesday, December 12, Mr. Moishe Ratner of Gourmet Glatt; Thursday, December 13, Rabbi Moshe Weinberger of Congregation Aish Kodesh; Friday, December 14, 3:00 p.m., Dr. Binyomin Muller; and Motzaei Shabbat, December 15, Mr. Kenneth Austin.

Following the menorah lighting in Cedarhurst Park on Wednesday evening, there will be a fun-filled Jewish music family concert! Bring your family, sit back, and enjoy the exciting music, compliments of Gourmet Glatt.

New for this year! There will be other public menorah lightings—on Motzaei Shabbat December 8 at 7:00 p.m. on 248 Rockaway Turnpike (across from Lowes). There is free parking behind the building. On Monday, December 10 at 5:15 p.m., Chabad of Hewlett will have a menorah lighting outside the Merrill Lynch building, 1403 Broadway (corner of Broadway and East Rockaway).

On Tuesday, December 11, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Chabad of Hewlett will be hosting a “Chanukah on Ice” extravaganza. Stop by Grant Park ice-skating rink and watch how a block of ice becomes a giant five-foot menorah! For more information please contact Chabad of Hewlett at 516-295-3413 or

Chabad has made great inroads in its endeavor to bring light into the lives of many. They are lighting candles and, more importantly, lighting neshamos, igniting the often dormant sparks of Judaism for many. Please invest in their community efforts to continue their efforts towards permeating the Five Towns and surrounding communities with the feeling and joy of Chanukah.

For more information about Chanukah activities, please visit For sponsorship opportunities please call 516-295-2478.

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