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Temple Beth Shalom holds giant latke party as part of Hannuka celebration

January 6, 2017
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Friday, Dec. 21, was not the usual Sabbath Service at Temple Beth Shalom. A giant latke (potato pancakes) party was held in the social hall, where the seventh night of Hannuka was celebrated.

There are eight nights to Hannuka, but it was a not a good idea to compete with New Year's Eve, so the combination service / party was held in the completely filled social hall.

The Temple Brotherhood cooked all the latkes, and the Sisterhood provided all the rest, including another Hannuka staple jelly donuts.

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Nathan Blyveis

Rabbi Buchen conducts the Hannuka service Dec. 21

Legend has it that the donuts and latkes, fried in oil, symbolize the oil used to dedicate the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem; there was only enough holy oil to burn for one night, but it miraculously lasted eight.

During the celebration, Rabbi Buchen led the singing of timely songs and an abbreviated service. Children brought their own special Hannuka candelabras, and lit them together while saying the special Hannuka blessing.

Congregant Michael Skolnick accompanied the singing with his guitar and his repertoire of Jewish music.

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Temple Beth Shalom is located at 702 S.E. 24th Ave., in Cape Coral.

For additional information about the temple or its programs, call 239-772-4555 or visit www.templebethshalom-cc.org



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