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Ice-carved menorah highlights Hanukkah event

RANCHO SANTA FE — The second time was a charm for the Chabad Jewish Center of Rancho Santa Fe as members celebrated Hanukkah on Dec. 14 with traditional food and music, candle- and dreidel-making, and the lighting of a giant menorah that was carved from ice while attendees watched and enjoyed latkes, doughnuts and live entertainment.
The fourth annual event, hosted by Gary and Bella Sanfir, was planned for Dec. 12, but it was rescheduled due to heavy rain. Activities took place outside GSB Men’s Clothier, the Sanfir’s store in the Del Rayo Village Shopping Center.
Before the menorah was lit, Rabbi Levi Raskin told the crowd that similar events were taking place throughout the world, including in front of the White House and Eiffel Tower.
“So why not in Rancho Santa Fe?” Raskin asked. After sharing some thoughts and a story that symbolized the holiday, Raskin reminded members that “a little light can dispel much, much darkness.”
Dec. 14 marked the fourth night of Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights that commemorates the rededication of the Temple by the Maccabees after their victory over the Syrians.