The Northeast Jewish Center hosted a successful Chanukah party on the holiday’s last day, with a full house that overflowed its social hall. The event brought together families, young and old, to enjoy food from around the world, a theme the shul has brought to the community year after year.
Stations were set up around the room to pay homage to cuisine that was more than just American –but there was that too. The American station had hot dogs, hamburgers and fries. A Mexican station had tacos and chili. An Italian station had beef ravioli and tofu-filled pasta with sauce. A Chinese station offered up lo mein and a Japanese station had sushi. At the Russian station, borscht was served. The Israeli station had falafel, hummus, tahini and Israeli salad. Finally, the Indian station featured rice and lentils. All in all, everyone was lucky to be able to sample every food if desired, and attendees thought the food was delicious.
After dinner, the band entertained guests while the rabbi hosted games of bingo for all who were interested in participating. Money was raised for charity and three winners came home with additional cash prizes.
At the end of the night, the big Yonkers menorah was lit outside and guests were invited back inside for latkes and sufganiyot.
All in all, it was a fun night that brought together an entire community.
By Tamar Weinberg