Members, Stroudsburg Temple Israel Celebrate Chanukah

Rabbi Baruch Melman, Temple Israel, Stroudsburg, PA, not only leads the Chanukah service, he also plays a key role in the entertainment. The Multi-Talented Rabbi Band Frontman took the lead at the final service of the eight-day 2018 Chanukah season. Rabbi Melman is widely known for his hands-on approach and love for music.

Although Chanukah is considered to be a “minor” Jewish holiday, it is indeed a joyous time in the Jewish faith. The celebration commemorates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C., where Jews rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.

The party at Temple Israel on Sun., Dec. 9 featured a candle-lighting ceremony, blessings, the singing of Hatikvah (translated to “the hope”), Jewish holiday music, dancing and singing, traditional fare, and a visit by “Zoe the Clown.”

What’s considered to be traditional Chanukah fare? Guests can typically count on a few staples: fried potato pancakes, called Latkes (in Yiddish) and Levivot (in Hebrew), Brisket, Kugel, jelly-filled donuts, and Hanukkah Gelt. They had it all at Temple Israel as guests gathered for this winter holiday. For more information about Temple Israel and the Multi-Talented Rabbi Band Frontman, click here.

All photos by Ken Schurman, VIP Studios, Inc., Mount Pocono, PA.

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