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Updated: 12/31/2017 11:30:05AM

Celebrating Hanukkah with the community

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PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

Children from the Chabad Hebrew School prepare to participate in a stage performance at Centennial Park as part of the Ninth Annual Chanukah Israel Klezmer Festival.

PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

Alex Steingold dressed as the Greek King and performed a song forbidding Jews to practice Judaism.

PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

Children with shields re-enact a small Jewish Army fighting back for religious freedom.

PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

Robert Goldman begins the lighting of giant menorah set up at Centennial Park.

PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

Hundreds of attendees take part in the candle lighting ceremony at the Chanukah Israel Klezmer Festival.

PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

Violinist Natasha from the Freilach Band prepares to perform at the Ninth Annual Chanukah Israel Klezmer Festival.

PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

This menorah was built from the metal of a rocket that was fired from Gaza at Israelis who turned around and made it into a menorah. It stood illuminated in front of the Western Wall replica at the Chanukah Israel Klezmer Festival.

PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

There was lots of food, fun and dancing at the Chanukah Israel Klezmer Festival.

PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

Stanga Novotny takes part in the candlelight ceremony held at the Chanukah Israel Klezmer Festival at Centennial Park.

PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

One of the hundreds of free menorah kits Chabad of Venice distributed in the community is illuminated at the Festival of Lights.

PHOTO BY JOSEPH JOHN ORCHULLI II

Rabbi Sholom Schmerling looks on as Mayor John Holic reads a proclamation stating that the City Council of Venice, Florida, on behalf of the citizens of the community, takes great pride in recognizing December 17- December 22, 2017 as “Chabad Week,” a week of special importance and worth of the recognition of the citizens of the City of Venice.

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Chabad of Venice hosted its annual Chanukah Klezmer Festival on Sunday, Dec. 17, at Centennial Park in downtown Venice, an open event for the entire community.

This year’s Hanukkah event featured a fully loaded program, including a live performance from the Freylekh Klezmer band, a presentation from Chabad’s Hebrew School students, and a Dreidel House and moon bounce for kids.

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