Dreidels, and donuts, and gelt, oh my!
Members of Sheepshead Bay’s Jewish community poured into the synagogue at Congregation Israel of Kings Bay this week for the house of worship’s annual Chanukah Family Fun Party at 3903 Nostrand Avenue at Voorhies Avenue.
Children of all ages, with the help of their parents, created Chanukah theme-shaped cookies, ate delicious sufganyot (fried jelly donuts), played dreidel games, won toys in the raffle, and engaged in educational (but fun!) Jewish learning activities during the synagogue’s two-hour-long celebration.
Councilman Lew Fidler, accompanied by wife Robin and son Harry, was given the honor by Rabbi Yitzchak Winner of kicking off the festivities by lighting the Chanukah menorah, even reciting the Hebrew blessing from memory. Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein also showed up to wish everyone a happy Chanukah.
The commemoration of the eight-day “Festival of Lights” recalls the miracle of the oil and ancient rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the revolt of the Maccabees.
To learn more about Congregation Israel of Kings Bay, call (718) 934-5176.