Chanukah, O Chanukah…

Happy Chanukah!

It definitely is a time of celebration here in the Torah Center! Chanukiahs, dreidls and chocolate gelt abound… but there are other signs too that it is holiday time. Walking through the hallways one is sure to hear many retellings of the Chanukah story and multiple renditions of the Dreidl Song, see creative (and usuable!) art projects and witness the creation of the annual Chanukah videos along with the timely reappearance of Mrs. Levy’s famous Menorah Hat.

Here’s a look at what’s been happening around here – as we prepared for Chanukah and then celebrated the first few crazy nights…

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Students and parents alike visited the annual Mitzvah Mall, the chance to make donations to worthwhile organizations including Temple’s Caring Community, the Children’s Village, the Humane Society, SHIM, Ronald McDonald House, JNF, and the Kosher Food Pantry. In return for a small donation, students received a beautiful Chanukah or holiday card acknowledging the donation along with a description of which mitzvah goes along with the work of the organization. In essence – easy holiday shopping for a good cause!

It was difficult to decide which organizations to visit! The 2nd grade class had a great time learning about each organization and making their donations:





In the Art Room, Pre-K students and their parents used their hands to make the candles of the Chanukiah on special Chanukah placemats:



Kindergarten also made Menorahs with candles that can be “lit” each night:




Ist Grade made Menorah napkin holders – a necessity to help clean up after eating latkes!



4th Grade made Blessings for the Home Pictures as Chanukah gifts:





The 5th Grade worked on their much anticipated Chanukah videos:



The 6th Grade made a human Menorah:

The Human Menorah

Our Madrichim were helpful as always…counting Tzedakkah and sorting the candles, gelt and dreidls to be sent home:


Happy Chanukah!

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Coming Up THIS Weekend:

IT IS NOT TOO LATE TO RSVP for The Temple Emanuel Chanukah Dinner & Service THIS Friday, December 14th at 6:30 pm. [Crafts and games starting at 5:30] The cost will be $7 for adults (ages 14 + years), $3.25 for children (ages 3 to 13) and under 3 free. There will be a family rate of $23 (immediate family only). RSVP to Lori at [email protected]
5th Grade Family Day is THIS Sunday, December 16th from 9:30 am – 12 noon. Please plan on joining your children at Torah Center for activities that will allow you to learn and experience Judaism together. RSVP to [email protected]