Celebrating Hanukkah in Issaquah / Dec. 9, 2012

December 11, 2012

Issaquah holiday activities offer fa-la-la fun

November 27, 2012

Bartell Drugs and Salvation Army’s Toy ‘n’ Joy drive through Dec. 14, accepts new, unwrapped gifts for children up to age 14, or shoppers can chose a gift request tag item in the store and put it in the donation barrel in the store. The Issaquah Bartell is at 5700 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E. Learn more at www.bartelldrugs.com.

Toys for Troops seeks donations for Christmas presents for children of service members. Drop off donations through Dec. 15 at the Issaquah Police Station, 130 E. Sunset Way, or make financial donations at www.operationbaldeagle.org.

Small Works Holiday Exhibition, through Dec. 29, artEAST Art Center, 95 Front St. N., 392-3191, www.arteast.org

Downtown Issaquah holiday lights work party, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 1, meet at Hailstone Feed Store, 232 Front St., a lunch break at noon features donated pizza from Flying Pie Pizza, call 391-1112 to volunteer

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Ice sculpture menorah highlights Hanukkah celebration

December 13, 2011

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.

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Issaquah to get first Jewish preschool this fall

June 7, 2011

The Gani Preschool of the Art, the first Jewish preschool in Issaquah, will open its doors this fall.

Students will learn about their Jewish identity in addition to having lessons about art, movement, pre-writing and reading skills, and early math skills through hands-on learning taught by instructor Sharon Eichberg.

The preschool will serve children ages 3 to 5 and cost $6,500 per year for children attending five days a week. Less expensive rates are available for children attending two or three days a week. Class is from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with an option for after care.

The bilingual English and Hebrew preschool is at the Chabad of the Central Cascades on the Issaquah Plateau, 24121 S.E. Black Nugget Road.

Learn more or register by calling Nechama Farkash at 427-1654, or email her at nsfarkash@gmail.com.

Celebrate Purim with costumes and hamentashen

March 15, 2011

At the mention of Haman’s name, children and adults spin noisemakers, called graggers, and boo.

Purim “is the most fun, the loudest and the most exciting of all the Jewish holidays,” said Seth Basker, of Issaquah.

Chabad Executive Director Rabbi Berry Farkash celebrated a Hawaiian-themed Purim with the community last year. Contributed

The Chabad of the Central Cascades invites the community to celebrate the ninth annual Purim party, held this year with a Persian theme. Every year, Chabad celebrates Purim using the backdrop of a different country. In the past, Chabad has celebrated Purim in Israel, Asia, Hawaii and Mexico — all from the confines of Blakely Hall.

“Every year, we do a twist to get the community involved,” Chabad Executive Director Rabbi Berry Farkash said.

In honor of the Persian theme, Chabad will host several Persian activities, including carpet-weaving demonstrations, henna artists and live music from the band Musica Pharsia. People can snack on a buffet of Persian food, such as Persian steamed white rice, a Persian meat stew called chelo with okra khoresh and Persian pitas with hummus.

Farkash will begin the Purim party by reading from the Megillah, the scroll that tells the narrative of Esther.

The story recounts how Esther marries King Ahasuerus. The king’s prime minister, Haman, decides to kill all Jews when Esther’s cousin and foster parent, Mordechai, refuses to bow down to him.

Not knowing that his wife is Jewish, the king agrees with Haman’s plan. Esther heroically tells her husband that if he allows the Jews to be killed, he will have to kill her, too, because she is Jewish.

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Many faiths, one community

February 15, 2011

Issaquah is a melting pot of major religions from across the globe

Twelve families celebrate Hanukkah at the Donna and Stuart Rosove home in Lakemont, as they light menorahs, share food and conduct other traditions of the Jewish holiday. By Greg Farrar

The loud rock music echoes from the concert-worthy stage as worshipers lift their hands and sing in the main auditorium. Greeters smile wide and shake hands as families filter in through the main entrance. While the adults find their seats for the service, their children shoot down colorful slides into the KidZone, a place of fun and adventure that takes up the whole downstairs.

This is a typical Sunday morning at Eastridge Church.

Like Eastridge, dozens of churches and places of worship contribute their own cultural and religious style and flavor to make up the fabric of faiths in Issaquah.

In addition to the evangelical Christian faith Eastridge attendees practice, Issaquah residents attend Christian churches of a variety of denominations, including St. Joseph Catholic Church and School. Many others keep their Jewish faith alive at the Chabad of the Central Cascades near the Issaquah Highlands.

Issaquah is also home to growing Hindu, Muslim and Baha’i contingents, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints plays a major role in numerous community service events and activities.

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Doughnut menorah offers a sweet treat for Chanukah

November 23, 2010

The Chabad of the Central Cascades will celebrate the first of eight nights of Chanukah with this giant, nine-foot-tall menorah made out of doughnuts. Contributed

Normally, people of the Jewish faith grapple with the eternal Chanukah question of applesauce or sour cream, and which one tastes better on delicious potato pancakes called latkes.

This year, those attending the annual Chanukah celebration in the Issaquah Highlands will encounter another question: How many doughnuts will fit on a nine-foot menorah?

The Chabad of the Central Cascades is hosting a family-friendly festival of lights for the first day of Chanukah, and instead of featuring a menorah made out of LEGOs, balloons or candy, as Issaquah’s Chabad has in past years, this season’s centerpiece will be made of treats that would make Homer Simpson drool: kosher doughnuts. Read more