Temple Sholom celebrates with Chanukah Extravaganza

The Temple Sholom giant LEGO menorah, and the architects, pose with the final product.

The Temple Sholom giant LEGO menorah, and the architects, pose with the final product.

Temple Sholom went above and beyond to celebrate the festival of lights in a unique way on Nov. 24 at its Chanukah Extravaganza.

The event included making handmade Chanukah candles, decorating dreidel-shaped cookies and eating latkes. Children of all ages, along with their parents, gathered for the celebration.

The highlight of this year’s Chanukah Extravaganza was the construction of a giant LEGO menorah. Architect Stephen Schwartz, founder of Building Blocks Workshops, brought boxes filled with 70,000 LEGO pieces to Temple Sholom to use to create the menorah.

Children were divided into teams, each tasked with building a portion of the base. Once all the sections were put together, Mr. Schwartz climbed a ladder and attached the top of the menorah, which he pre-assembled himself. Accompanied by Chanukah music and songs, he lit the candles to kick off the eight-day holiday.

A festive holiday lunch was also served and included latkes, a traditional holiday treat which commemorates the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days when the Maccabees rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem.

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