top of page

Innovation Meets Tradition at Chabad Orange Chanukah Celebrations

Chabad Orange held Chanukah Celebrations at a number of sites throughout Orange County, including their new campus in Monroe, Millpond island, the Chester Town Hall and Tuxedo Park. (Above, Ziggy Burston lights the menorah on the display menorah Chabad sponsors on the Millpond island in the Village on Monroe)

A Latke Sizzle with a fryer on stilts, a helicopter gelt drop, and a Color Blast Chanukah Party weaved innovation with tradition this Chanukah at Chabad of Orange County, led by Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston. “The traditions are rich in lessons and meanings, and each year we create programs for the community to experience the traditions in a new way, enhancing the holiday experience for all ages,” Chana Burston explained .

The Mega Latke Sizzle, the first of its kind in Orange County, had chefs of all ages cooking latkes together. A highlight was a special guest on stilts, who was introduced as the “Tallest Latke Sizzler!” Held at the new Chabad Center for Jewish life, families peeled, grated and sizzled delicious potato pancakes.

Students at Chabad Hebrew School were thrilled to make tie-dye donuts and play a competitive dreidel game with a colorful twist of using fruit loops at the Chanukah Color Blast event.

Another first for Orange County Chabad was a “Helicopter Gelt Drop” in which a helicopter flew over the cheering crowd of hundreds and dropped 5,000 chocolate coins for the crowd to collect and enjoy.

In addition to festive public Menorah lightings throughout the County, there were Chanukah Tot Parties, a CTeen Chanukah concert, Charity Toy drives and home visits to individuals celebrating alone.

“Hundreds of people enjoyed the innovative Chanukah programs,” says Chana Burston, “the response and turnouts were tremendously successful.”

About Chabad of Orange County

Chabad of Orange County offers Jewish education, outreach and social service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations. For more information, contact Rabbi Pesach and Chana Burston, directors, at 845-782-2770, or visit

Heather and Jack Sentell of Monroe donate toys to the Chabad Giving Tree. The toys will be donated to charity.

The first Annual Chanukah Cellebrtion

at the new Chabad Center for Jewish Life on Gilbert Street in Monroe

12 views0 comments


bottom of page