Tonight is the first night of eight nights celebrating Hanukkah. With the traditional serving of foods cooked in oil such as latkes and jelly donuts, the first candle will be lit tonight. “Hanukkah” which means dedication in Hebrew, also referred to as “The Festival of Lights”, is celebrated for eight nights commemorating the re-dedication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem during the 2nd. century BCE when oil found in the temple that should have lasted for only one day instead lasted for eight.
Boasting that it is the “biggest Hanukkah Party you’ve ever seen”, the Hebrew Free Loan Association of South Florida will host Hanukkah Celebration 2010 on Sunday, December 5, 2010. Hours are from 10am – 6pm at the Fort Lauderdale Stadium Festival Grounds also known as Lockhart Stadium. Directions: Exit I-95 onto Commercial Blvd, going west. Turn right onto NW 12 Avenue., 1350 NW 55 Street Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33309. For the festival hotline call (954) 252-6958.
They are also actively promoting this as a green event requesting that plastic bottles not only be recycled but to go one step further, that they be used to germinate a seed and grow a tree. Citing the benefits of planting a tree; carbon sequestration, wind control, soil erosion prevention and reducing the heat island effect, they request to either leave it for them to plant later in a local reforestation site or to take it home and plant it.
There will also be lots of entertainment including music, dance and special activities for the children culminating in the highlight of the day, the lighting of the candles on the menorah at 5:30pm. Children should look for Kids Korner where they will be treated to Hanukkah games, bead making, face painting, balloon animals and more with special guests, “Soda Pop the Clown” and “Magician Roger Firestone”.
The Hebrew Free Loan Association of South Florida, Inc. is a non-profit organization that provides interest-free microlending to Jewish individuals and families in need for emergencies and basic necessicities. As part of their commitment to supporting the community Hanukkah Festival 2010 will be collecting kosher and non-kosher food items all day to benefit the less fortunate in Broward County. The items you bring will help feed countless individuals and families who turn to the WECARE Food Pantry located at the Soref JCC and the Jewish Family Service of Broward County for help.
They are asking all Hanukkah Festival attendees to bring kosher and non-kosher non-perishable food items including toiletries and collecting and donating gift cards to Target, Publix and Wal-mart. Their goal is to collect over 10,000 lbs of food for the hungry.
If you would like to join the Food Drive Committee and help spread the word to the community to bring food please email firstname.lastname@example.org today.
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