November 2015

Children Create Menorahs for Upcoming Chanukah

menorah 1Fishkill, NY –

Children and adults from Dutchess County and surrounding areas recently spent a Sunday afternoon at The Home Depot in Fishkill building Chanukah menorahs out of wood, nuts, glue, and lots of paint!

The “Build Your Own Menorah” workshop at the Home Depot held on Sunday Nov 22nd was organized by Pardess Center for Jewish Life.

“It was the first of its kind for the area,” said Rabbi Zalman Sandhaus, executive director of Pardess. “It was a great turnout and lots of fun. The kids really enjoyed themselves and the parents got very involved as well.”

All participating children walked away with their very own Menorah that they assembled and painted. “This is the best craft I’ve done with my kids,” commented Amy, a mother of two.menorah 2

The event, sponsored by The Home Depot, exceeded its staff’s expectations. “This is really cool. I’ve never seen this [type of craft] before,” Said D-Jay, The Home Depot children’s workshop coordinator. “I know a few of the staff at Home Depot are looking forward to making a Menorah of their own.”
In addition to the menorah craft, participants enjoyed kosher donuts and chocolate gelt, both traditional Chanukah treats.

menorah 3Chanukah, or the Festival of Lights, begins at sundown on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and runs through the evening of Dec. 14. For eight days, Jews celebrate Chanukah, lighting one additional candle of the menorah each night. The name Chanukah is derived from a Hebrew verb meaning “to dedicate.”

Each year the Festival of Lights commemorates the Maccabean Jews regaining control of Jerusalem and rededicating the Holy Temple. Lighting the menorah celebrates the miracle when, following the rededication, one day’s worth of oil for the Temple’s menorah lasted for eight days. Other symbolic traditions include playing dreidels, eating oil-based foods such as doughnuts and latkes and giving Chanukah gelt.

“We pride ourselves on being a center where everyone is family, and we are excited about sharing the holiday joy and light with all our neighbors and friends.”

Pardess Center for Jewish Life, 845-440-7592 or visit