Written by Herald Staff, email@example.com Saturday, 23 November 2013 00:00
The last time Hanukkah and Thanksgiving shared the same date — 1861 — Thanksgiving wasn’t actually an established holiday. And it won’t happen again for another 70,000 years. Dubbed “Thanksgivukkah,” this convergence of holidays has inspired all sorts of celebrations in our area.
The Town of Oyster Bay Chabad in Woodbury will take over the Plainview Shopping Center Nov. 27 parking lot on South Oyster Bay Road for its annual Hanukkah Spectacular, free and open to everyone who RSVPs, offering post-Thanksgiving dinner festivities beginning at 5:15 p.m.
Cardone, the Ultimate Vaudevillian will perform and there will be music, latkes and donuts for all. And for those who aren’t big on turkey, there will also be pizza served. At 6:15 the grand menorah will be lit near Shoprite.
Ben’s Kosher Restaurant, Delicatessen & Caterers in Woodbury is celebrating both holidays by serving up matzo balls and latkes—along with roast turkey, stuffing, yams, sweet potato pudding and anything else you’d require for the perfect Thanksgivukkah celebration.
“We invite everyone to enjoy a unique holiday meal from Ben’s,” says Ben’s Founder-Owner Ronnie Dragoon. “This is a special day where two holidays converge and our customers can enjoy traditional American and Kosher cuisine, while spending quality time with their families.”
Ben’s is not only offering latkes and turkey in the Woodbury restaurant, it’s even offering custom Thanksgivukkah catering packages that include a 15-pound whole roast turkey with all the trimmings, including latkes.
But there won’t be any turnkey at Jericho’s annual Hanukkah celebration and menorah lighting, taking place on Dec. 1—the fifth day of Hanukkah and long after all the Thanksgiving leftovers run out —in the Whole Foods parking lot. But just because two holidays aren’t being celebrated doesn’t mean the celebration will be toned down.
In addition to plenty of latkes and doughnuts, music and dancing, fire-jugglers will be performing.
“[Hanukkah] is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition” said Rabbi Aaron Shain, director of the Chabad Jewish Learning Center, which is hosting the event. “In ancient times our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem with the Menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place.”
Chanukah also propagates the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness, said Shain.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In celebration of its tenth anniversary, the Kids of Distinction program is offering more scholarships and planning a festive gala that will look back on a decade of supporting our most civic-minded children. The Town of Oyster Bay and the Old Bethpage-based Kids Helping Kids by Kids Way, Inc., the sponsoring entities, are seeking nominations of local youngsters who are standouts in public service for the 2014 awards.
Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, together with Kids Helping Kids co-founders Robert A.J. Eslick and Philip M. Eslick, kicked off the search for a new batch of “kids of distinction” at the end of February. Nominations are due by May 16. Winners will be recognized at a special ceremony held by the board of trustees on Tuesday, June 17 at 7 p.m. with a citation from the Town and a $2,000 scholarship from Kids Helping Kids.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:49
Standing at Plainview-Old Bethpage John F. Kennedy High School, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, joined by the Long Island STEM Hub and dozens of Long Island students who are part of the school’s engineering and robotics team, announced her education agenda to encourage more youths, especially women, to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), bolster engineering education programs across Long Island’s elementary, middle, and high schools and draw more STEM teachers to educate children in high-need areas.
With eight of nine of the fastest growing industries requiring math and science proficiency and women, minority, and low-income students underrepresented in STEM-related careers, Gillibrand is pushing for federal measures to close the achievement gap and bring more STEM-related programs, such as the Long Island STEM Hub’s Career Academies, to schools across Long Island. With the success of POB-JFK high school’s targeted STEM curriculum and engineering program, the Hub will be launching an additional career academy in engineering next school year.