Chabad announces 30th annual ‘Chanukah at Riverwalk’

Chabad-Lubavitch of Louisiana will be holding its 30th annual “Chanukah at The Riverwalk” community celebration on Sunday, December 22, which corresponds to the first night of the eight-day celebration.

Dr. Eitan Lang lights the “shamash” and first night lights on the Chanukiah in 2018. (Photo by Alan Smason)

The event will be held at Spanish Plaza, which is adjacent to and administered by the Outlet Collection at the Riverwalk.

The gathering, which is open to the public and is the largest public event in the Jewish community each year, starts at 4:30 and is slated to end at 6:30 p.m.

A giant, 11-foot tall wooden Chanukiah fashioned by Holocaust survivor Isak Borenstein of blessed memory, will be lit at 5:30 p.m. as officials from the city and the Jewish community look on.

In addition to latkes prepared by the ladies of Chabad Lubavitch, there will be other food items available from Kosher Cajun Delicatessen as well as various activities for children and adults. Dreidels will be available for spinning and music will be heard throughout the night as well as a light display.

This year’s celebration overlaps with the New Orleans JCC’s Community-Wide Chanukah event.

 

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