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The excitement of Chanukah was in the air at the Levi Yitzchak Library with so many sensational events. The fun began on Tuesday, November 19, when the library teamed up with Manischewitz to host a Nachum Segal Network “Stunt Show.” Daniel Gordon, deputy chief of staff for President Richard Joel of Yeshiva University, hosted the competition, in which five teams were given a “Chanukah House Kit” to assemble in less than 30 minutes. The teams were Abie Lent (HAFTR) and Eli Hagler, Spencer Beckerman (HALB) and Aron Gordon, Rosy Geisinsky (TAG) and Naomi Nachman, Meira Goldstein (Shulamith) and Staci Segal, and Shmuel Jacobs (South Shore) and Daniel Gordon. All of the teams did an amazing job and suspense was in the air until the very end when judge Melinda Strauss, director of special events at the Joy of Kosher and food blogger, announced the winning team. Congratulations to the winning team: Aron Gordon and Spencer Beckerman!

The winning team won a set of Chanukah baking utensils, compliments of Breezy’s. An additional thank-you goes to Israel Grossman of Pension Trust Solutions, a full-service pension planning and administration firm located in NYC servicing clients nationwide, for being a library event sponsor.

Koren Publishers was also delighted to participate in the event by donating an entire set of the new Koren Talmud Bavli to the Levi Yitzchak Library. The Talmud is designed to engage students of all backgrounds and skill levels in the fascinating world of Talmud study. A beautiful Koren siddur was also given to each of the child participants.

On Sunday, November 24, in honor of the library’s third anniversary, the pre-Chanukah entertainment continued. Hundreds of families came out to help celebrate throughout the day. Visitors were able to choose from a selection of Chanukah crafts and activity sheets on their way in and were treated to delicious custard doughnuts on their way out. The energy and excitement continued all day long.

To start the day, the library welcomed Firemen Jason and Meir. Children came out to hear them read The Bravest Fireman and review fire safety precautions–an important reminder as Chanukah is here. They came with all of their equipment for the children to recognize what a fireman in full gear looks like so, should they ever be in a dangerous situation, they should not be afraid. All through the program they reminded the children that while they may look scary with all of their gear on, they must remember “a fireman is your friend.”

Next there was a fascinating, interactive olive-oil press presentation. With the help of the audience, Rabbi Michoel Albukerk, of Tzivos Hashem, demonstrated the process that was used long ago to refine olive oil for the Menorah in the Beis Hamikdash. The children got to choose the bitter, black, juicy olives, press them with an old-fashioned press, purify the juice (with a modern-day centrifuge), and use the olive oil to actually light cotton wicks.

While participating in the process, the children learned about the story of Chanukah, the Beis Hamikdash, and the evil intentions of the Greeks.

The day concluded with a video showing of Maccabees: A Live Chanukah Adventure. There was so much to do that parents had to negotiate with their children when it was time for them to leave.

Chanukah Events. The library will be open throughout Chanukah. Become a member through the end of Chanukah and receive three months free and be entered into a raffle to win a set of books. The library is also offering amnesty for anyone who has overdue books. Just bring back your overdue books and all fees will be waived (through Chanukah). Now is a perfect time to visit and check out what’s new. On Thursday, November 28, there will be story time at 3:00 with a brand new Chanukah big book. On Monday, December 2, at 1:30, there will be a special story time with Tsivya Fox–author of the brand new book Dirty Tzitzit, Shiny Neshama.

New Section of Spanish Books. Everyone is invited to visit the new section of Spanish books at the library, thanks to the generous donation by Pablo and Sara Briman and their son Salvador, in loving memory of their daughter/sister Rivka Chaya bat Pesach.

Teen Advisory Board. Help plan events, choose new books, or write for the newsletter. The library is looking to grow its teen department and needs your feedback.

Wish List. Check out the books the library would love to add to its growing collection. Sponsor a book in honor/memory of a special occasion or just because you love them!

Discovery Boxes. Where books come to life in an interactive and meaningful way.

Shining Stars. Share your simcha and have your name displayed on a star in the “Hallway of Fame.”

Chanukah Gift Opportunity. Give the gift of knowledge, imagination, and wonder when you make a donation or buy a membership for a loved one, teacher, rebbi, or friend.

For dedication, donation, or volunteer opportunities or to learn about upcoming events, call 516-374-2665, visit, or e-mail or

Chanukah hours: Wednesday through Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m. except Friday and Shabbos: closed. v


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