On Sunday, Dec. 9, the Brotherhood of Temple Beth Shalom arrived at the temple kitchen with about 100 pounds of potatoes, 30 pounds of onions, 5 gallons of peanut oil and some flour and salt. They mixed this in with their crew of 8 brothers, and came up with the annual Latke Party 3 hours later.
When congregants began arriving at 5 p.m., they came with a pot luck of cookies, cakes, salads, casseroles and, of course, jelly donuts (soufganyot)!
Before the fressing began, however, the children of the religious school presented their Hannukah play. In two acts, written and produced by teacher Penny MacIntyre, the story of the Macabees was presented to the audience. Costuming was outstanding, and a pair of background sets enhanced the period atmosphere. The audience laughed and kvelled as the kids proudly said their lines (with occasional prompts from MacIntyre).
Temple President Marty Burnette “rices” the potatoes.
At the conclusion of the play, the children presented their teachers each with a bouquet to show their gratitude for the wonderful job MacIntyre, Malke Yehuda and Liz Huttner are doing. Then Rabbi Buchen paid tribute to Barby Barlow, as the behind-the-scenes director of the whole school, and Rabbi led the schoolchildren and congregation in the second night of Hannukah prayer.
Finally, with the children being rewarded by lining up first at the buffet, the food miraculously disappeared in much less than 8 days, but more than 8 minutes.