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Eight Busy Days at LYA

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky ride the lift to light the giant menorah in Court Square.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky ride the lift to light the giant menorah in Court Square.

The eight days of Chanukah were very busy at Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) this year. At Chanukah Wonderland families featured dreidel painting, button making, frying doughnuts, candle-pin bowling, and Joe Bongio’s magic show. Macabee Bubble showcased the LYA choir, accompanied by music teacher, Mrs. Alla Goldman and student choir leader, Yossi Scott.
Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) held a catered dinner for about 100 people, many of them JLI students. Mentalist, Jim Sisti, entertained the crowd.
LYA students visited senior citizens in the area for Chanukah. From kindergarten to 5th grade, students reached out and visited Glenmeadow, East Village, Ruth’s House, and Serenity Care Adult Day Health.
LYA increased the Chanukah lights this year. A giant menorah was lit in the LYA driveway every afternoon and thousands of people passed the menorah at Court Square which was lit every afternoon. Students at LYA had lots of extra fun activities, such as dreidel bowls, Chanukah parties, frying doughnuts, and Chanukah sing-alongs. The early childhood program celebrated Chanukah at a special program and grades 1-8 ended Chanukah with a bang by playing an interactive minesweeper game in teams and a dance-a-rama to the music of Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky.

Proud grandfather, Gerry Canter enjoys Chanukah Wonderland with his granddaughters, Sari and Samantha Goldstein.

Proud grandfather, Gerry Canter enjoys Chanukah Wonderland with his granddaughters, Sari and Samantha Goldstein.

First Grader, Chana Meyer, plays Chanukah Mine Sweeper as her team cheers her on.

First Grader, Chana Meyer, plays Chanukah Mine Sweeper as her team cheers her on.

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