Ice sculpture menorah highlights Hanukkah celebration

December 13, 2011

By Tom Corrigan

Past celebrations featured giant menorahs made of kosher doughnuts, LEGOS, balloons and candy.

This year, ice is the medium of choice for creation of the menorah that will be among the highlights of a Hanukkah celebration set for Dec. 20, said Berry Farkash, of the Chabad of the Central Cascades.

The happening is set for 6 p.m. Dec. 20 at Blakely Hall in the Issaquah Highlands. Several local dignitaries, including Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger, are expected to attend and take part in the lighting ceremony.

The highlands event also will feature traditional Hanukkah latkes and doughnuts. A professional ice sculptor will create the ice menorah, Farkash said.

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“The whole idea is to make Hanukkah an attractive holiday,” Farkash said.

Entertainment will include the Seattle-based The Sababas, a duo who combine Jewish and popular music, along with puppets and storytelling, in an educational and entertaining show.

“The big party night is on Dec. 20,” said Nechama Farkash, a co-director of the Chabad of the Central Cascades with husband Berry Farkash.

She estimated attendance at previous events between 100 and 300.

In a press release, Berry Farkash talked about how Hanukkah — the festival of lights — recalls the 2,100-year-old victory of the Jewish people over a much more powerful invader who had taken over the Jewish Holy Land. The unlikely military victory was followed by a second miracle that took place when the only remaining jug of sacred oil was used to relight a menorah in the Jerusalem temple desecrated by the invaders.

The small amount of oil did not burn out quickly, but lasted eight days until additional sanctified oil could be created. Thus, came the tradition of lighting a candle on each of what became the eight days of Hanukkah.

“It is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition,” Berry Farkash said. “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.”

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