Story by Lon Tytell
The partially lit Menorah atop of the front lawn of the Village Hall in Florida was the venue of a Hanukkah celebration on Thurs., Dec. 29 by Rabbi Meir Borenstein from the Chabad Center of Orange County. Rabbi Borenstein, assisted by his children, served hot chocolate, latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jam filled donuts) to those in attendance. These traditional fried foods are eaten because of the significance of oil to the holiday.
When the Maccabees or Israelites rededicated the Temple after their victory over the Greek-Syrian ruler, Antiochus in 167 BCE they found only enough oil to burn for one day. Miraculously the oil lasted for eight days. The celebration of Hanukkah began on Sat., Dec. 24 and ended Sat., Dec. 31.
Rabbi Borenstein explained that he was able to originally procure the Menorah through the generosity of Jeff Rosenberg. The Rabbi shared a Hanukkah song sheet. Among those who joined with the singing and received a dreidel and chocolate coins were Mayor Jim Pawliczek, Village Board members and staff, and Village of Florida community members.