web analytics
April 19, 2014 / 19 Nisan, 5774
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Spa 1.2 Combining Modern Living in Traditional Jerusalem

A unique and prestigious residential project in now being built in Mekor Haim Street in Jerusalem.



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.

Share Button

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.

Share Button

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.

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

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
FBI Wanted poster for Osama bin Laden
Pakistan Library Renamed to Honor bin Laden
Latest Sections Stories
Schonfeld-logo1

Regardless of age, parents play an important role in their children’s lives.

Marriage-Relationship-logo

We peel away one layer after the next, our eyes tear up and it becomes harder and harder to see as we get closer to our innermost insecurities and fears.

Gorsky-041814-Torah

Some Mountain Jews believe they are descendents of the Ten Lost Tribes and were exiled to Azerbaijan and Dagestan by Sancheriv.

Baim-041814-Piggy

Yom Tov is about spending time with your family. And while for some families the big once-in-a-lifetime experience is great, for others something low key is the way to go.

A fascinating glimpse into the rich complexity of medieval Jewish life and its contemporary relevance had intriguingly emerged.

Dear Dr. Yael:

My heart is breaking; my husband’s friend has gotten divorced. While this type of situation is always sad, here I do believe it could have been avoided.

The plan’s goal is to provide supportive housing to 200 individuals with disabilities by the year 2020.

Despite being one of the fastest-growing Jewish communities in the U.S. – the estimated Jewish population is 70-80,000 – Las Vegas has long been overlooked by much of the Torah world.

She was followed by the shadows of the Six Million, by the ever so subtle awareness of their vanished presence.

Pesach is so liberating (if you excuse the expression). It’s the only time I can eat anywhere in the house, guilt free! Matzah in bed!

Now all the pain, fear and struggle were over and they were home. Yuli was safe and free, a hero returned to his land and people.

While it would seem from his question that he is being chuzpadik and dismissive, I wonder if its possible, if just maybe, he is a struggling, confused neshama who actually wants to come back to the fold.

I agree with the letter writer that a shadchan should respectfully and graciously accept a negative response to a shidduch offer.

Alternative assessments are an extremely important part of understanding what students know beyond the scope of tests and quizzes.

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

    Now that Kerry's "Peace Talks" are apparently over, are you...?







    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: