Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A happy Chabad Chanuka party


Tomorrow is the 8th and final day of Chanuka.
But yesterday we got one last Chanuka party in -- the nice one offered by Chabad.
Grandsons Dean and Eyal made pretty sheltered candles.

 Then they moved on to another craft table.
The Meitar community center's gym was filled with tables full of art supplies and the nice Chabad young ladies helped the younger kids create what would later be needed in the shadow theater.

Luckily the grandkids were too busy to notice this  boy helping his mother spin cotton candy,  known in Hebrew as sa'arot savta, grandmother's hair.
I figured the sufganiot / jelly doughnuts distributed at the end of the party would be enough sweetness. 

Eyal and Dean got front row seats on the mats, the better to see Rabbi Shneur Kurtz light the chanukia candles and  to hear as he called the winning numbers in the raffle.

Then the lights dimmed and wondrous stories of light were read out, beginning with the creation of sun and moon.
All the kids who had made stars came behind the screen and waved their stars.
When the narrative turned to spinning dreidls, all the kids who had cut out dreidl silhouettes  came up.
And so on.

I was amazed by how, with only low-tech ways, the Chabadnikim created a warm atmosphere of true Chanuka celebration.
The kids and I loved it.


Kay said...

What a wonderful celebration for the children AND grown ups too. Isn't it extra wonderful to celebrate with your grandchildren? I still remember you including our children in that special time and I thank you again.

William Kendall said...

Wonderful shots and an enlightening post, Dina.

VP said...

Simple and beautiful quite often go together well...

Anonymous said...

I wish I knew more about your city and its history. I have watched some interesting programs on televise about it and saw one recently on the sale of antiquities that is illegal. And so many of what is supposed to be antique are modern make fakes. I guess people and places are the same all over the world. If there is such a thing as a parallel universe then I suspect that other side is much better than we are as inhabitants.