Celebrate Hanukkah with Chabad

Goshen. This year's celebration includes joys like The Dreidel Man, chocolate coin drop, and walk to visit Goshen shops offering crafts and activities for children. There will also be a rally to remember victims of the Dec. 10 mass shooting in Jersey City.

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| 18 Dec 2019 | 03:31

The Jewish Chabad Center in Goshen is gearing up with some exciting programs for Hanukkah.

How about a 10-foot-high menorah made out of doughnuts? As Hanukkah begins on Sunday, Dec. 22, the community will gather for a menorah lighting at the Galleria Mall in Middletown. There will booths and games for children, who will surely delight in that doughnut menorah. This event begins at 4 p.m.

The grand outdoor menorah lighting will be held in Goshen at Village Square on Monday evening, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m., with live Hanukkah music and a huge ghelt drop. See thousands of chocolate coins pour down from the sky -- including some coins with parachutes!

"The great Dreidel Man is so much fun for children," said Rivkie Borenstein, Chabad's co-director. "Children love to take pictures with him."

Menorah lightings are also planned in the Village of Florida, Pine Bush, and at Goshen nursing homes.

Village walk

Before the lighting at 5 p.m. is be a special Hanukkah Village Walk, in which participants walk down Main Street in Goshen and stop in at specific stores where they can do a Hanukkah craft. Pick up a walk map at the Computer Guy store on the corner of Main and North Church.

A rally to remember victims

This event will also include a rally, with Orange County officials, in solidarity with the victims of the Dec. 10 mass shooting in Jersey City. Among its six fatalities were two members of the Satmar Hasidic sect and a police officer. New Jersey's attorney general called the shooting an act of domestic terrorism “fueled both by anti-Semitism and anti-law enforcement beliefs."

"It's going to be a special event with prayers in memory of those killed in Jersey City," said Rabbi Meir Borenstein, Chabad's co-director.

For more information call Chabad at 845-291-0514 or email chabadoc@gmail.com.

Chabad's Hanukkah schedule:
Sunday, Dec. 22, at 4 p.m. -- Galleria Mall menorah lighting, Middletown
Monday, Dec. 23, at 3 p.m. -- Florida Village Hall, 33 South Main St., Florida
Monday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m. -- Goshen menorah lighting, Village Square
Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m. -- Goshen nursing homes
Thursday, Dec. 26, at 6 p.m. -- Pine Bush menorah lighting