Everyone Is Welcome To A Family Show and Menorah Lighting on Wednesday

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Dec 132017

Hanukkah “The Festival of Lights” 2017 begins on Tuesday evening, Dec. 12 and ends on the evening of Wednesday, Dec. 20.

Traditionally, the first candle on the menorah is lit at nightfall on the first day of the holiday, but, in Orange, everyone in the Tri-town (Bethany, Orange and Woodbridge) community is invited to a Glow In The Dark Chanukah (choose whichever spelling you like) celebration at the High Plains Community Center, 525 Orange Center Road, on Wednesday, Dec. 13.

The celebration begins in the gymnasium at 4:45 p.m. with a Glow-In-The-Dark show with Eric Girardi of Bending Gravity Entertainment.

At 5:15 p.m. everyone will head outside for the Menorah Lighting. (In case of inclement weather the lighting will be moved indoors — the forecast calls for dry but frigid weather). Students of Or Shalom, Temple Emanuel and Chabad Hebrew Schools will light the Menorah.

This will be followed by Chanukah treats.

For more information, contact Bluma Hecht at info@chabadow.org

Two Vastly Different Menorah Lightings In Four Days

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Dec 122012

On Saturday, Dec. 8, the first day of Hanukkah, Congregation Or Shalom had a quiet indoor menorah lighting after sunset.

Afterward, everyone went outside with Rabbi Alvin Wainhaus to light an outdoor menorah, sing and dance.

The celebration continued indoors with games, chocolate coins, singing and dancing.

Hebrew Academy

On Tuesday night, Dec. 11, hundreds gathered at the Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy with Rabbi Shaya Hecht for a special Menorah lighting on the fourth day of Hanukkah.

In the past, the Hebrew Academy has had some really unique Menorahs — Ice Carved, Chocolate, and Lego, all 8-feet tall or more. Then First Selectman Mitch Goldblatt had the honor of lighting each of them.

On Tuesday night Selectman Goldblatt was back to light this year’s candy Menorah. The tall Menorah was constructed of plastic tubes which the children filled with  dum dum lollipops, twizzlers and a variety of other candies.

The hall was decorated like a candyland board game with different game stations for added family fun.

An inflatable fun house kept younger children entertained in the middle of the room and Rabbi Hecht served up fresh buttered pop corn.