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Left to right: Delaney and Camryn Schrager and Madeline and Aneliese Courtemanche are excited to watch the ice menorah being sculpted.

LONGMEADOW – The eighth day of Chanukah ended with great excitement at the Longmeadow Shops on Sunday, Dec. 13 with a crowd of 250 people who came to celebrate the holiday at Fire on Ice.  The event was organized this year by Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA).

“Spreading the light of goodness with the community is what the holiday of Chanukah is all about,” said Rabbi Yakov Wolff, Fire on Ice organizer.

The fun began outside Shoenique with activities and projects for people of all ages.  Crafts included designing Chanukah stained glass, stickers and hats.  Chanukah cookie decorating was popular and many dreidels, menorahs and Jewish stars were eaten.  It was difficult not to miss the juggler Henry Lappen, who juggled while walking on stilts.

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Yael and Ayla Marra decorate a dreidel at LYA’s Fire on

The highlight of Fire on Ice was watching the sculpting of the ice menorah.

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Rabbi Yakov Wolff and Mark Gold at the candle-lighting of the ice menorah.

Rabbi Noach Kosofsky, LYA principal and Meredith Dragon, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts addressed the crowd. The ice menorah was lit by Mark Gold, vice chairperson of the Select Board of Longmeadow, and William Squires of Makhela led the crowd in Maot Tzur. The program ended with delicious latkes and doughnuts for all.



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