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Last year's Chanukah Extravaganza. Source: Kings Bay Y / Facebook

Last year’s Chanukah Extravaganza. Source: Kings Bay Y / Facebook

The largest Chanukah event in Sheepshead Bay is slated for this Sunday, November 24 at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA holds its annual Chanukah Extravaganza for the entire community. The festival will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. inside the Y’s main building, 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenue U and Avenue V.

Featuring a fun-filled array of activities for the entire family, in addition to a symbolic menorah-lighting ceremony, the program will include a holiday performance, presentations from various Kings Bay Y programs and a special toddler area.

“The Festival of Lights is all about celebration and community,” said Leonard Petlakh, executive director of the Kings Bay Y. “This event gives families the opportunity to come together as a community, have a great afternoon and see what the Kings Bay Y has to offer.”

The Chanukah Extravaganza is free and open to the public. Community leaders and local businesses will be participating.

2012 Chanukah Extravaganza coverage on Sheepshead Bites
2011 Chanukah Extravaganza coverage on Sheepshead Bites
2010 Chanukah Extravaganza coverage on Sheepshead Bites

The following is a press release from our friends at the Kings Bay Y:

The Kings Bay YM-YWHA will hold its annual Chanukah Extravaganza on Sunday, December 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at its main building at 3495 Nostrand Avenue (between Avenues U and V).

The celebration is always the largest Chanukah event in Sheepshead Bay and will feature a fun-filled array of activities for the entire family, in addition to a symbolic menorah-lighting ceremony.

The event is free and open to the public. Community leaders and local businesses will be participating.

This year’s celebration will recognize the commitment and dedication of the community in responding to the challenges of Hurricane Sandy – and the spirit of hope and courage that is as relevant in our lives today as it was when the Maccabees emerged victorious.

“As our community rallies to recover from the darkness that enveloped us after Hurricane Sandy, we look to the light of Chanukah as a beacon of hope in our lives,” said Leonard Petlakh, executive director of the Kings Bay Y. “Our Chanukah extravaganza is one way of spreading this light throughout the community we all share.”

2011 Chanukah Extravaganza coverage on Sheepshead Bites
2010 Chanukah Extravaganza coverage on Sheepshead Bites

The Synagogue of Chabad Lubavitch of Manhattan Beach at 134 West End Ave is completing their very first Torah. For those who are not well versed in these matters, this is a pretty big deal for a synagogue.

Rabbi Avrohom and Shula Winner, who lead the congregation, have planned a parade to mark the occasion.

Traditionally, when a Torah is written, there exist opportunities for dedication of pages, covers and so on. Rabbi Winner calls this a “community Torah.”

He writes:

The last mitzvah (commandment) in the Torah is for every Jew to write for themselves a Torah scroll, just as it is ones responsibility to keep any of the other 613 laws. However, not everyone can write their own Torah scroll, whether they don’t know how or don’t have the financial means to do so. If, However, we participate in the writing of one it is as if we wrote our very own Torah scroll.

In Jewish law Mechzo k’kuloy is: Half is counted like the whole thing. Participate partially and G-d counts it like you did the whole thing. In plain English: Give a little from your pocket and a lot from your heart G-d looks at the action (because action is what counts) and gives reward for the feelings.

Once the Torah is complete, the parade will take place Sunday, September 9, 2012, at 12:00 p.m. It begins in front of  the Chabad Lubavitch Synagogue of Manhattan Beach.

The streets will be closed. Music and dancing are encouraged and refreshments will be served.

For more info, call (718) 368-1395 or (646) 296-9020.

The following is from our friends at the Shorefront Y:

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More than 1,000 children, parents and neighbors joined the Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue) on Sunday to help usher in the Festival of Lights.

The kiddies got to enjoy free performances from the Jewish Sunday Children’s Program, a surprise dance and the effervescent efforts of Bubblemania during the four-hour event, distracted only by delicious latkes and Chanukah-themed arts and crafts tables. Well, we shouldn’t say “only,” as there were also the inflatable slide ride and castle, and the “Pin the Flame on the Menorah” game!

And if the striking turnout from neighbors was not enough, it also saw a star-studded roster of local pols, who came out to wish everyone a happy holiday and show their support for the local institution. Among those who stopped by were Congressman Bob Turner, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Marty Golden, State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and City Councilman Lew Fidler.

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Dreidel! Dreidel! Dreidel! Source: Wikipedia

Congregation Israel of Kings Bay will hold its annual Chanukah Family Fun Party, 7:30 p.m., December 21 at 3903 Nostrand Avenue, corner of Voorhies Avenue.

The event — sponsored by Kosher Palace Supermarket (2818 Avenue U; [718] 743-1900) — will feature the lighting of the second night’s candle of the Chanukah menorah, raffles, prizes, refreshments, dreidel playing, chocolate Chanukah gelt (mmmmm…gelt), and more.

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.

While the event is free for the community, a donation is suggested. For additional information, call the synagogue at (718) 934-5176.

Our friends at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA are inviting the community to what they are touting as “the largest Chanukah celebration in Sheepshead Bay,” this Sunday, December 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenue V and Avenue U.

There will be kiddy rides, arts and crafts, raffles, surprise holiday performances, a special menorah lighting ceremony, music, dancing, and fun for the gantsa mishpacha whole family. There will also be free dreidels and latkes for attendees.

Also, attendees can enjoy the “Special Chanukah Bubble Show” by Bubblemania.

Admission to the event is free of charge. For more, contact Alina Plotkina at (718) 648-7703 extension 224, email info@kingsbayy.org or go to www.kingsbayy.org.

Swastikas were found plastered on a bus shelter on Ocean Avenue near Voorhies Avenue, and the vandals appear to still be on the loose.

The photos were taken last night at the bus shelter in front of the Waldbaums parking lot and across from the Bainbridge Adult Daycare Center. The swastikas were drawn in marker over the bus stop’s advertisements.

It’s not the first time swastikas have been found in Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding areas, a region containing one of the nation’s largest Jewish populations and home of many Holocaust survivors.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the NYPD’s 61st Precinct.