The Benet Rothstein Chabad Jewish Center celebrated the fifth night of Hanukkah Wednesday night with a community celebration and Menorah lighting in Glastonbury Town Center.
Rabbi Yosef Wolvovsky led dozens of members of the Glastonbury community in a celebration of the fifth night of Hanukkah at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“The holidays are a special time that really let us come together as a community, no matter who you are,” Wolvovsky said. “Our mission is to bring diverse communities together.”
The celebration began with a community sing-a-long to “The Dreidel Song,” where Wolvovsky asked young children to name other materials than clay to make the dreidel. Excited children offered suggestions like paper, plastic or sprinkles for verses in the song.
Let Patch save you time. Get great local stories like this delivered right to your inbox or smartphone every day with our free newsletter. Simple, fast sign-up here.
Glastonbury Chief of Police David Caron, State Representative Prasad Srinivasan, and Emergency Preparedness Manager Robert DiBella also attended the event, offering kind words to the community.
“The most important part of every holiday—apart from all the gifts, apart from all the food—is what we do for each other,” Srinivasan told the community. “Happy Hanukkah to each and every one of you.”
The Chabad Hebrew School Choir performed a medley of Hanukkah songs. The center also served hot cider and warm potato Latkes, and held a raffle for various games, toys and prizes for the children.
Wolvovsky then led the community in a blessing for the fifth night of Hanukkah as he lit the Menorah’s ceremonial candles.
Watch the video of the Rabbi’s blessing.
This was the center’s 11th year lighting the Menorah in Glastonbury center.
Are you a fan of Glastonbury Patch? Then show us the love by following us on Facebook or Twitter! It's the best way to get updates on all the latest news and information in Glastonbury as it happens.