Free Menorah workshop draws hundreds

More than 150 children and their parents gathered at the Home Depot at 90 Monroe Turnpike in Trumbull on Sunday, Nov. 22, to decorate Menorahs, make olive oil and munch on jelly-filled donuts.

ChabadHomeDepotFULLThe free pre-Hannukah workshop was organized by Chabad of Fairfield and hosted by the Home Depot.

“We wanted to do something cool and memorable that the kids would really enjoy,” said Rabbi Shlame Landa, director of Chabad of Fairfield. “Menorah-making is a fun and interactive way to teach children about their tradition. The Home Depot has been very creative with their work throughout the country and they really went all out with today’s program.”

“This was our second year attending and our boys loved painting and decorating their own menorah to bring home and display during Hanukah,” said Melissa Katz of Trumbull, who was at the workshop with her two sons. “This is a great event that brings the Jewish community together from all different towns. As always, Chabad of Fairfield hosts fantastic events!”

Chanukah and the importance of the menorah

Also called a Chanukiah, the menorah is the nine-branched candelabra used to welcome each night of the eight-day holiday of Chanukah. This year, Chanukah begins on Sunday, December 6th at sundown.

“It is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition,” said Rabbi Landa. “In ancient times our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem with the Menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place,”

“Chanukah also propagates the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness,” he said.

Chabad of Fairfield will also observe the Hanukkah season on Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Sherman Green on Post Road in Fairfield. Join Chabad as Post Road is transformed into a magical Hanukkah Village. The event will begin at 1:30 where you can pick up your Village Activity Map at the Sherman Green Gazebo. The annual Menorah Lighting will take place on the Green at 3:45.

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Children and their parents gathered at the Home Depot to decorate Menorahs, make olive oil.

Children and their parents gathered at the Home Depot to decorate Menorahs and make olive oil.

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