Residents celebrate Hanukkah with party
The Jewish Community Center in Sherman recently held its second annual Hanukkah party.
Nearly 50 people attended the event, open to community members of all faiths.
Children and adults learned about the story of Hanukkah — which retells how the Maccabees only had enough oil to light their lamps for one night and the miracle that the oil lasted eight nights while they were battling the Seleucid Empire — from Rabbi Tiwy of the United Jewish Center in Danbury and cantor Laura Breznick of Temple Sholom in New Milford.
Rabbi Tiwy also read to the children the book “’Twas the Night Before 8 Nights of Hanukkah,” with the leadership of Bernard Kaplan of Sherman who provided musical entertainment.
The children also sang holiday songs.
The traditional foods of the holiday, including potato latkes and jelly donuts, were served.
The Cooperman family provided the food for the event, along with Susi Leiter, Rochelle Etingin, who helped with the latkes, Sheila Kaplan, Mariya Hurwitz, and Kathy Peck, who brought dessert.
Children received goody bags provided by the Gubner family.
Amber Vlangas helped with photography and organize the kitchen, and Ashleigh Blake assisted with preparing the JCC for activities the next day.
State Sen.-elect Julie Kushner attended the festivities.