At the same time of this season, another religious holiday is observed. The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. Hanukkah takes place over eight nights and commemorates the deliverance of Israel from Syria. The oil in the temple became contaminated and couldn’t be used, so there was only enough oil to burn for one day. The miracle that is celebrated is that the oil burned for eight days. This is why we light the menorah. Congregation Emanuel recently had a Hanukkah celebration and we were invited to join it. Special thanks goes to Rabbi Michael Zedek for the great time and hospitality. Over 1200 latkes were made for the dinner and this year’s dinner had a record of over 300 , making this the largest congregational dinner in Emanuel’s history. There was lots of food and that means lots of sweets. Cantor Ruthie Seidner led the children in Hanukkah melodies. The people responsible for the event were the co -chairs Ira Bodenstein and Andy Lowenthal.
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