Chanukah Round Up

What an 8 days it’s been… Shall we call them miraculous?  

Chanukah started off on Thanksgiving this year, with many enjoying the best of both American and Jewish traditions: Thanksgivukkah! 
At The ITCH we joining in on the Annual Thanksgiving party hosted by the Shulking and lit a beautiful Menorah at BBC in middle of the 100’s of people who were there 

Sunday’s West Village Menorah lighting was in it’s 7th year and we knew we had to do something about big.  Rabbi Zvi and his family headed down to the Mavs game on Sat. night to see if they could convince Gal Mekel, our newest Jewish member of the Mavs, to light the Menorah. 

Gal: “I heard there is a Menorah lighting tomorrow”
Zvi: “you going to join us”? 
Gal: “Sure” 
Zvi:”Would you light the Menorah for us”? 
Gal: “sure” 
Zvi: “Can I spread the word”? 
Gal: “Sure” 
Zvi: “Sweet”

And thats how we ended up with a great Jewish basketball players lighting our Menorah.  But the real miracle this year was one of the regular “seasonal” props, mysteriously disappeared from the regular place we have the Menorah lighting…. oh well.

The Dallas Morning news was so excited about it that they published a photo spread. 

Gal Mekel was posting about it on his instagram page 

Monday night brought a highly focused group of our best and brightest to The Intown Chabad for a Chanukah Launch party.  Dallas has over 50 young Jewish teachers and we decided to put together a group geared especially for young teachers. The group is called The Teachers Lounge.  30+ teachers participated in the launch. These are the people who are really impacting our future. 

Tueasday was Jewish Heritage night at the Mavs and boy was it wild!  Produced by Chabad of Dallas, the night brought 700 Jews of all ages and stripes together for a Menorah lighting outside the game. The Menorah was lit by non other than Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavs.  

With all the glitz and glamor, one can never forget to be grounded and remember those who are in need.  The Intown Chabad’s iVolunteer group is dedicated to service and we all went down to Town Village North to bring the Chanukah cheers to senior Citizens. We playing music, danced and sang. Rabbi Zvi even sang some Yiddish tunes on the Piano video here

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