We’ve all heard the hype about the rare phenomenon of Thanksgiving and Chanukah coinciding. Besides adding some turkey and American history lessons into their Chanukah celebrations, the core tenet of giving thanks remains constant in Jewish tradition and the much-hyped crossover doesn’t change much for most families. Yet, every year, Chabad of the Five Towns creates an incredible, one-of-a-kind Chanukah Experience in the heart of Cedarhurst which has added meaning and excitement to Chanukah for thousands of families. Now that’s worth celebrating!

Located at 88 Cedarhurst Avenue, between Central Avenue and Broadway (formerly PTI) from Thursday, November 28 through Wednesday, December 4, the experience offers face painting, Yehudah Hamaccabee in person, Chanukah crafts, a Chanukah game show, a glow in the dark room, the chance to create menorahs and dreidels with Clics and Legos, a toddler center, latke making, a clay bar, a music center, and much more. Admission for one-and-a-half-hour time slots is $10 per person, all-inclusive, or $5 per person, excluding crafts, candle making, clay bar, and face paint. $2 tickets sold separately. With the Giving Menorah standing at 6 ft. tall, children can choose their favorite mitzvah and share with others.

Exciting public menorah lightings include:

Wednesday, December 4, 6:30 p.m. at 248 Rockaway Tpke. (across from Lowes). Free parking behind building. Live music, hot latkes, doughnuts, dancing, glow-in-the-dark gifts for all children, and rising star singer Shmuel Jacobs. Sponsored by Jacobs Real Estate Advisors, LLC, cosponsored by Novak, Juhase, & Stern, LLP.

Mr. Aaron Fischman, Rabbi Moshe Weinberger, Congregation Aish Kodesh, Dr. Binyomin Muller, Mr. Btsalel Farkas, Mr. David Friedman, Mr. Howard J. Kopel, Nassau County Legislature, Mr. Yoily Steinberg of Gourmet Glatt, and Mr. Benjamin Brafman will each lead one menorah lighting ceremony which takes place every evening in the Andrew J. Parise Park (Cedarhurst Park) at 6:00 p.m. (Friday at 3:30 p.m.). Most evenings will include music, hot latkes, gifts for the children, etc. Concert with Avrami Cohen, Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 p.m. following the public menorah lighting. Sponsored by Gourmet Glatt.

Chabad of Hewlett welcomes the community to join in Chanukah on Ice at Grant Park on Tuesday, December 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m. for an incredible ice carving of a giant menorah, fun, crafts, and skating. A fun public lighting will also take place in front of the Merrill Lynch building on December 4, 5:30 p.m.

For more information on events and sponsorship opportunities, call 516-295-2478 or visit www.chabad5towns.com. For Chabad of Hewlett information, visit JewishHewlett.com.

The Chanukah events are cosponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin and Lynda Brafman, Five Towns Jewish Times, Gourmet Glatt, Carlos & Gabby’s, Cedarwood Associates, Central Perk, David’s Famous Pizza, Party Source, Pugatch Realty, Qcumbers, and Upper Crust. v

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