By Jill Fox
This year, the Chabad of Parkland is bringing the Chanukah festivities to the residents, one candle at a time.
While COVID-19 continues to keep worshipers away, Chabad will hold outdoor menorah lightings at locations around Parkland.
Called the Chanukah Experience, the show hits the road with a mobile DJ, gifts, and even sufganiyot (Jewish doughnuts).
“The idea with the lighting is to spread the message of the miracle of Hanukkah,” said Rabbi Shuey Biston.
Thankfully Chanukah lasts eight nights, so the rabbis have a “lot-ka” time to stop by each community.
The celebrations start on the first night of Chanukah and continue through December 14 with socially distanced outdoor family fun, and everyone is welcome.
Traditionally, Chabad has a Chanukah Festival at Pine Trails Park, with a parade of menorahs, but this year was canceled.
“So, we’re combining the two,” said Biston, who plans to have a few Chanukah-themed cars drive around the neighborhoods with music.
He said the concept is to bring the joy of the holiday to the residents.
“It’s not just about watching the menorah lighting. It’s more about us coming through the development and for the kids to enjoy the spirit of Chanukah.”
Those who don’t live in one of the developments can visit Chabad of Parkland at 7170 Loxahatchee Road for their festive lighting on Saturday, December 12, at 7 p.m.
Thursday, December 10
5:30 p.m. Watercrest – outside the Alhadeff home
6:30 p.m. Cypresshead – outside the Federman home
Sunday, December 13
4:30 p.m. Mill Run – outside the Biston home
5:30 p.m. Parkland Reserve – outside the Gutnick home
Monday, December 14
4:30 p.m. Parkland Isles – outside the Elharhar Home
5:30 p.m. Ternbridge – outside the Goldberg home
6:30 p.m. Parkland Golf & Country Club – outside the Klein home
Tuesday, December 15
5:30 p.m. Heron Bay – outside the Schwartz home
6:30 p.m. Mayfair – outside the Gately home
7:00 p.m. Whittier Oaks – outside the Ohayon home
Wednesday, December 16
Starting at 4:00 pm they will be parading through Town Parc At Mira Lago, followed by Cascata and then MiraLago culminating with a Menorah Lighting and celebration outside the Mira Lago Clubhouse at 5:00 pm.
At 5:30 pm at Parkland Bay for a Menorah Lighting and celebration in the Tennis Court parking lot.
At 6:30 pm at Grand Cypress Estates
At 7:00 pm they will be in Meadow Run with a Menorah Lighting at 10335 NW 63rd Dr.
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- Jill Fox is an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer. She has worked in public relations and television for over 20 years. Fox lives in Parkland with her husband and their two children.