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Chanukah 2013 Recap

Friday, 6 December, 2013 - 1:00 pm

We just wrapped up a very busy yet wonderful Chanukah holiday. I would like to share with you a recap of Chabad’s Chanukah 2013 celebrations.

On Wednesday, Nov 27, the first night of Chanukah there was a party at Chabad Metairie for Israelis. Over 75 people showed up and enjoyed a BBQ Chanukah Party and Menorah Lighting. Photos will be posted at  

On Shabbat at Chabad Uptown there was a special Kiddush lunch sponsored by Saul and Raquel Hakim.

On Saturday night, Nov 30, there was a family Chanukah party at Chabad Metairie. Dinner and games played second fiddle to the build your own Menorah project. Photos will be posted at  

On Sunday night, Dec 1, there was a Mobile Menorah Parade. 15 vehicles paraded through New Orleans taking the message of Chanukah to the streets! Photos can be viewed at the A party for participants followed at Chabad Uptown.

On Monday, Dec 2 there was a Chanukah Lunch N Learn downtown at NY Camera.

On Tuesday, Dec 3 the Chanukah @ Lakeside Celebration was held with over 400 in attendance. A dizzying array of activities were spread out in front Dillard’s, included, Latke Bar, Dreidel Man, Face Painting, Kids Craft, Giant Activity Dreidel, Make a Change Menorah, benefitting Chai Lifeline. The event was emceed by Amanda Trottenberg. Featured in the program were, Jefferson Parish President John Young, Alan Franco, Bob Licht – representing major corporate sponsor - Lakeside Toyota, Rabbi Zelig Rivkin. Special mention was made of annual event sponsors, Cathy and Morris Bart, who were unable to attend this year. Adam and Aaron Stross lit the 11 foot Menorah while Yehuda Halper sang the blessings. The Paulin Brothers Brass Band launched into a rendition of Maoz Zur and Oy Chanukah before resuming their usual repertoire.  Photos can be viewed at

On the last night of Chanukah, Wed, Dec 4, a Celebrity Chef Latke Cookoff was held at Chanad Uptown. Chef Alon Shaya of Domenica and Chef Daniel Esses of Three Muses were pitted against each other and a team of non-professional challengers, Zev Attias and Gershon Schreiber. A great Icebreaker game was led by MC Bradley Bain and a number of great raffle prizes were awarded throughout the evening. In the end the judges gave the thumbs up to the challengers by a very narrow margin but a good time was had by all. Photos can be viewed at

Mazal Tov, Aleeza and Andy Adelman upon the birth of their son.

Our condolences to the Tolmas family upon the passing of Mr. Oscar Tolmas.

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mendel Rivkin


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