Creativity is the Name of the Game in Clearwater, Florida

As Chanukah approaches each year, Rabbi Levi Hodakov of Chabad Clearwater endeavors to find a unique menorah for the annual celebration. This year, the party featured the world’s first menorah made of oranges.

As Chanukah approaches each year, Rabbi Levi Hodakov of Chabad Clearwater endeavors to find a unique menorah for the annual celebration. This year, the party featured the world’s first menorah made of oranges.

A large crowd of close to 300 including locals from across Tampa Bay as well as vacationers joined Chabad of Clearwater, led by Rabbi Levi and Miriam Hodakov, in kicking off Chanukah 5782 on Clearwater Beach in front of the Surf Style Megastore.

The festivities got underway with a concert by Dr. Laz from Miami. Laz interacted very well with the crowd as he sang a wonderful variety of songs.

The nearly 100 kids on hand were treated to a special mad Science show, Clearwater Fire Department Gelt Drop, hanging out with Tampa Bay Lightning Mascot ThunderBug and goodie bags with treats.

Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard addressed the crowd with greetings and was honored with lighting the Shamash and Dr. Marc Grossman of Clearwater Beach was honored to make the Brochos and light the first candle on the world’s first Orange Menorah, made out of tens of oranges.

Hot latkes and a variety of donuts from Miami were served and enjoyed by all.

“Special thanks to all the sponsors for making the event possible and to the amazing Clearwater Police Department for their protection,” organizers said.

Photos: Douglas R. Clifford

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