Chanukah is almost here. We light the first candle of Chanukah on Sunday night, December 2, beginning the joyous eight day Festival of Lights, and Chabad of Pelham invites the community to celebrate with them at their mega-celebration events.
On Sunday, December 2, Chabad of Pelham will host a free menorah making workshop at The Home Depot in New Rochelle where each child will get to build his or her own menorah under the guidance of skilled instructors. Refreshments will be served and all children will receive a free workers apron. Two shifts at 11:30 a.m. and 1 pm will allow for many participants at The New Rochelle Home Depot, 55 Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle. RSVP required at www.chabadpelham.com/chanukah or call 914-295-2699.
“Chanukah on Fifth,” on Wednesday, December 5, will see a jumbo celebration, featuring a six foot tall lego menorah which everyone will build together. Musical entertainment, arts and crafts activities and scrumptious Chanukah treats such as latkes, doughnuts and hot drinks will be served. Scheduled from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the event is free of charge and will take place at The Daronco Town House. 20 Fifth Avenue, Pelham.
Get ready for the Fire Truck Gelt Drop at the festival, where local firemen will rain down foil-wrapped chocolate from their shiny fire truck. “This activity will bring the ancient custom of giving children Chanukah gelt (money) on Chanukah to a whole new level,” said Chaya Groner, wife of Chabad of Pelham rabbi, Levi Groner.
Rabbi Groner is excited to be sharing the lego experience with kids of all ages. “The menorah candelabra has now become a ubiquitous symbol of light—of the triumph of light over darkness, and freedom over oppression. We look forward to celebrating in a unique, family-fun way with the first giant lego menorah in Pelham.”
A community candle-lighting event will be held at The Fairway Market in Pelham on December 9 at 4:30 p.m., where refreshments and Chanukah spirit will prevail as the community celebrates together.
Continuing to share the holiday festivities with others, Chabad of Pelham will be visiting senior centers around Southern Westchester over the festival days. Volunteers are invited to join these visits, bringing light and happiness to senior citizens. Information about Chabad of Pelham activities can be found at www.chabadpelham.com or by calling 914-295-2600
By Yvette Finkelstein