Ice Menorah & Chanukah Wonderland in the Heart of Coolidge Corner

Judah the Maccabee poses next to a 500 lb Ice Sculpture Menorah outside of Magic Beans
Judah the Maccabee poses next to a 500 lb Ice Sculpture Menorah outside of Magic Beans
Over 350 kids and parents enjoyed a spectacular Chanukah Wonderland organized by Chai Kidz, a division of the Chai Center. The event took place on Sunday, December 1st at the Devotion School in Brookline.The event featured lots of Chanukah crafts and treats, a wooden dreidel carving demo, and a hilarious juggling performance by Bryson Lang.

The event culminated with the whole crowd walking out onto Harvard St. where a six foot tall, five hundred pound Ice Sculpture Menorah was being carved out of a solid block of ice. The crowd watched in awe as the Ice Menorah was lit by several families representing the community. Everyone joined in the celebration, singing the traditional Chanukah melodies accompanied live by DJ Larry. 

“The menorah serves as a symbol of hope, light and freedom of religious expression.” Rabbi Dovid Bush, Youth Director at The Chai Center said.

Devorah Bush, who directs the Hebrew School of the Arts shared, “The Menorah is traditionally lit by night. The Chanukah message is universal; to continue doing good even when it's difficult, and to fight darkness with light. That’s why we are bringing the Menorah out to the public for all to share; the flame of the menorah can warm the coldest of places (ice menorah) and brighten the darkest areas in our lives. Light  is contagious. The idea is to spread warmth, joy, and inspiration to everyone.”

"We like keeping the holidays fun and meaningful," said Rabbi Dovid, "Chanukah is the prefect holiday for that. After all, who doesn't like a good jelly doughnut"?

For more pictures and information about the Chai Center's children's programs, please visit www.facebook.com/ChaiKidz or www.ChaiKidz.com
MoonBeamWatcher December 04, 2013 at 07:35 AM
BRAVO, wonderful! Thanks be to G-d! A return to SANITY in Crazy mixed up town!
Joe Rizoli December 04, 2013 at 07:41 AM
A "Religious expression"? Hmmm The reason Christmas, baby in a manger scenes, are banned and the Menorah takes its place over those symbols was because of the fact that the Christian symbols were just that, "religious", so thus, town commons and even the White House banned that Christian "religious expression" and have Menorahs proudly displayed because they were supposedly a "civil" reminder, not religious. Now this celebration says the Menorah IS a religious expression.
MoonBeamWatcher December 04, 2013 at 07:53 AM
Nothing wrong, ever with celebrating the foundation this country was build upon! If you can't subscribe to the 10 Commandments I can only wish you what you deserve, ASAP.
MoonBeamWatcher December 04, 2013 at 05:46 PM
"If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools." - Plato “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.” – Alexis de Tocqueville Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. – Isaiah 5:20 Then we have PAX and ACLU members who have fits over cameras in stratigic areas but are silent on ObamaCare which will have unvetted "Navigators" going over our medical and financial documents . . . hummmmmm time to start thinking about what PAX and the ACLU are all about!
John December 10, 2013 at 09:56 AM
Just wondering . . . if a "Christmas" tree has to be renamed a "holiday" tree because, God forbid, someone somewhere might be offended, shouldn't a Menorah then be called a "holiday candle holder?" Where's the consistency? Also, if we're all supposed to be tolerant of -- and openly embrace -- our various cultural differences, why then is saying the word "Christmas" perceived as offensive or even a bad thing, especially in a country where 77% of the adult population identify with a Christian religion with just under 5% identifying with a non-Christian faith (Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, etc.). http://bit.ly/1jIuXT6
MoonBeamWatcher December 10, 2013 at 08:51 PM
Great points John! Not for NOTHING as me gran used to say. Why is it OK to be discriminating about Christians? So much for being open minded and inclusive! (where is the ACLU and PAX when it comes to the NAVIGATORS gaining access to ALL MA citizens medical and financial documents? (Saying nothing about "The Ones" other 56 states)


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