web analytics
August 23, 2014 / 27 Av, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Chabad Chanukah Festival: Shining Performance On A Stormy Night

Florida Governor Rick Scott (right) addresses the crowd with Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus.

Florida Governor Rick Scott (right) addresses the crowd with Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus.

I’ve attended many Chanukah festivals in South Florida, but the Annual South Florida Chassidic Chanukah Festival at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach is, to me, always the very best. This year it had been raining all day but knowing Chabad of South Broward, as I do, I never doubted that, rain or shine, the show would go on.

This year was memorable for the energy of all the participants who, along with Avraham Fried and the members of his orchestra and the YBO Band, joyously sang and danced in the rain. Fried performed with chassidishe warmth and humor. The night was so meaningful and so mesmerizing, the audience didn’t want it to end.

There were many elected officials who attended. Local mayors and commissioners, the sheriff of Broward County and members of his staff and members of the Florida Legislature came to the festival. The biggest surprise to the huge crowd was the participation of Florida Governor Rick Scott. The governor flew in especially for the event, which was on his birthday.

Rabbi Abraham Korf, head shaliach to the state of Florida since 1960, was honored as usual with lighting the first candle of the menorah. He danced the night away with the vigor and speed of a young yeshiva bachur.

Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, the Rebbe’s first shaliach to Broward County since 1980, enjoyed a lull in the downpour that allowed for renewed celebration. Rabbi Tennenhaus mentioned that a person had been so impressed that he pledged to cover the cost of the music and the star singer. The unsolicited donor had exclaimed, “I am a Jew who has been inspired. I have never seen anything like this in my life.”

The festival had it all: Rabbi Chazzan Yossi Lebovics singing the berachos on the menorah, 800 children receiving gelt and goodies, Avraham Fried singing Happy Birthday to the governor, a stunning venue at Gulfstream, Chabad broadcasting the festival around the world in High Definition and a modern-day miracle of a shining performance on a very stormy night.

For further information on Chabad of South Broward and its many activities, call 954-458-1877 or visit www.chabadsouthbroward.com.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Chabad Chanukah Festival: Shining Performance On A Stormy Night”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
4 yr old Israeli Daniel Tregerman, murdered by Hamas rocket on Aug. 22, 2014.
IDF: Israeli Toddler Murdered by Rocket Fired Near UNRWA School/Shelter
Latest Sections Stories
Teens-082214

As they fall upon us we go
To the WALL.

Twenties-082214-Girls

One minute you’re shaving shwarma off a pit, then the shwarma guy tells you he read a (fake) WhatsApp that the boys are dead.

Lewis-082214-Gaon

I probe a little deeper and Shula takes me into the world of phantom pains and prosthetic limbs.

Astaire-082214-Main

This went on until she had immersed eighty times, and then Hashem at last took pity upon her.

Because Menachem lives in Israel, he can feel the ruach in the air.

Perhaps you can reach a compromise during this news frenzy, whereby you will feel more comfortable while he can still follow the latest events.

Leon experienced the War of Independence from a soldier’s perspective, while remaining true to his Jewish ideals and beliefs.

Chabad of Arizona centers recently hosted an evening of remembrance to mark the 20th yahrzeit of the Lubavitcher Rebbe.

A CPE class at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center in Brooklyn was tailor made for Orthodox participants.

“I didn’t choose the landscape; it chose me.”

Woe to us that we have to be put to death like common heathen and murderers!

More Articles from Yehuda Obermeyer
Chaya Aydel Seminary students and Rabbi Yossi Lebovics (back row) bring Purim joy to residents of a retirement home.

“We did what the Lubavitcher Rebbe told us to do – we went out of our way to bring the joy of Purim to people who without our efforts would have been forgotten,” said Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, Chabad’s executive vice president.

Florida Governor Rick Scott (right) addresses the crowd with Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus.

This year was memorable for the energy of all the participants who, along with Avraham Fried and the members of his orchestra and the YBO Band, joyously sang and danced in the rain. Fried performed with chassidishe warmth and humor. The night was so meaningful and so mesmerizing, the audience didn’t want it to end.

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/south-florida/chabad-chanukah-festival-shining-performance-on-a-stormy-night/2013/12/18/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: