Light It Up! Recap

facebook_lightitupThis past Thursday evening, December 14, over 200 members of the CBS community gathered in Koret Hall for Light It Up! : A Hanukkah Celebration. Together, we marked the third night of Hanukkah with a rollicking party. Our Beth Sholom margaritas and burrito bar were hits with the adults, and the many activity stations – face painting, cookie decorating, multiple craft tables, and more – were busy all night!

Light It Up's centerpiece, as always, was our communal candle lighting. Many families and individuals brought their favorite hanukkiot (Hanukkah menorahs) from home and, led by Rabbi Glazer and Jewish songster Jonathan Bayer, recited the Hanukkah blessings as we brightened the evening.

Following the candle lighting, our Troupe de Beth Sholom players performed a Hanukkah play, Miss Menorah & The Maccabees. With a beautiful set (created by Pam Seaman, one of our amazing CBS Family Preschool teachers), a terrific cast of Beth Sholom staff and parents from the community, and a show-stopping, electric sweater, Miss Menorah was a smash. All the children in attendance were riveted, and the parents chuckled and guffawed. After the play, Adam Lowy, a father in our CBS Family Preschool community, hopped on stage with Jonathan Bayer for an energetic, old school rap fest. When Adam encouraged the kids to show him how well they could jump, Light It Up! became a floor-shaking rager.

Todah rabbah (a hearty thank you) to: Rabbi Glazer and Jonathan Bayer for emceeing the evening; all of the Troupe de Beth Sholom players (Katherine Barboni, Ben Chinn, Rabbi Glazer, Kim Hegg, Beth Jones, Dale Kleisley, Vered Levinson, and Dan Rubinsky); Adam Lowy for raising the roof; Jason Jungreis, Adi Barak Marino, Rajeev Chopra, and Veronica Holman for volunteering to bartend; Ashley Polselli, Joan Gelfand, Liza Monge, and Ariel Bronstein for staffing the food tables; Anne Mccomas, Pam Seaman, and Janet Carignani for helping at the dreidel making and the cookie decorating tables; preschool teacher Pam Seaman for creating the impressive Miss Menorah set; Natalia Baba and Veda Gujiral who did all the face painting; and all of the CBS staff and leadership for creating such an amazing party! On the staff front, special thanks is due Executive Chef Jane Sykes for preparing so much delicious food, Operations & Event Manager Kim Hegg for dramatically transforming Koret Hall into a magical, purple-and-blue-bathed space, and CBS Family Preschool Director and Assistant Director Katherine Barboni and Dale Kleisley for doing so much of the heavy-lifting and orchestrating the two main attractions, the play and musical performance. Thank you all so much!

Below, we've posted a selection of photos taken during the celebration. If you missed it, we hope you'll join us next year.

Light It Up!

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Join the CBS community in Koret Hall on Thursday, December 14, 2017,
from 5:30 - 8 p.m. to mark The Festival of Lights!

The candles will be burning bright at Beth Sholom as we celebrate the third night of Hanukkah together! Our annual Hanukkah celebration is always a joyous party, but this year we're turning it up to eighteen by introducing some fun new elements including a special, Hanukkah-themed play by Troupe de Beth Sholom and some holiday-inspired rap action with Adam Lowy and Eric Steuer, two talented CBS Family Preschool dads!

Bigger! Bolder! Brighter!

As always, we invite attendees to bring their favorite hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah) for our communal candle lighting and we'll be spinning happy holiday tunes, but there will also be fun activities for "kids" of all ages and we'll be serving classic Hanukkah eats, wine, beer, margaritas, and more.

BUY YOUR TICKETS BELOW!

LIGHT IT UP! SCHEDULE:
5:30 p.m. - Event begins (CBS Family Preschool & general Beth Sholom community)
6 p.m. - Shabbat School families join
6:30 p.m. - Candle lighting and community Hanukkah play
7 p.m. - Bands/singers perform Hanukkah music - lineup TBD

LIGHT IT UP! ACTIVITY STATIONS:
Face painting
Cookie decorating
Edible dreidel making
"Pin the Shamash on the Hanukkiah" game
Festive Hanukkah photobooth
Magen David art activity

LIGHT IT UP! FOOD & DRINK:
Latkes
Sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts)
Salad
Burrito bar (burritos or taco salad)
Coffee & tea
Wine, beer, & margaritas
(1st drink included with ticket; additional drinks: $5 wine; $5 beer; $5 margaritas; $2 soda/juice)

Also, we are looking for volunteers to support the food service, bartending, and some of the activity stations. If you are willing to help us, please visit our SignUpGenius volunteer page to sign-up for a 30-minute time slot. VOLUNTEER HERE!

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Light It Up! Recap

facebook_lightitupgitta-joelle_lightituphanukkah_december2016Last Thursday evening, members of the CBS community came together in Koret Hall for Light It Up! : A Hanukkah Celebration. Because so many in our community will be traveling during Hanukkah this year (which runs December 24 – January 1), we threw a pre-holiday party. We didn't want to miss the chance to celebrate together!

While the many kids in attendance came for the face painting, cookie decorating, games, music, and dancing, the adults seemed most excited about the latkes, Krispy Kreme sufganiyot, and "adult" beverages. The warmth and energy of Light It Up! was impossible to resist, though, and the evening's entertainment was as much of a treat as the seasonal comfort foods and good drinks.

Following our daily evening minyan service, which took place alongside the happy chaos of the party, Rabbi Glazer introduced the group hanukkiot lighting. Shortly thereafter, up-and-coming Jewish rock stars Talya and the Latkes played two songs for an enthusiastic crowd. Just a few licks into their cover of The Maccabeats' hit "Candlelight," and the dance floor filled. Fans of all ages smiled broadly. Even babies crawled toward the music, pumping their little fists. (Don't believe us? Check out the photographs below!)

Following Talya and the Latkes were father-son DJ duo, Don and Saul Marks, who provided tunes that kept the dance floor hopping for the rest of the party.

Todah rabbah (a hearty thank you) to: Rabbi Glazer for emceeing the evening; Kaleil and Ilan Jacob and Talya Glazer (Talya and the Latkes), and Don and Saul Marks for providing good tunes; Adi Barak, Dov Schnaider, and Lael Sturm for volunteering to bartend; CBS Family Preschool teachers Anne McComas, Bat-el Saad, and Devin Patrick for helping at the dreidel making and the cookie decorating tables; preschool teacher Pam Seaman for making the amazing hanukkiah for our Pin The Flame On The Menorah game; Lowell High School students who did all the face painting; and all of the CBS staff and leadership for creating such a good party! On the staff front, special thanks is due Executive Chef Jane Sykes for preparing from-scratch sweet potato latkes and other delicious eats, Operations & Event Manager Kim Hegg for creatively lighting Koret Hall to transform it into a Hanukkah spectacular, and CBS Family Preschool Assistant Director Dale Kleisley for helping set up so much of the space. Thank you all so much!

Below, we've posted a selection of photos taken during the celebration. If you missed it, we hope you'll join us next year.
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Light It Up!

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Join the CBS community in Koret Hall on Thursday, December 15, 2016,
from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. to mark The Festival of Lights!


Because so many in our community will be traveling during the actual holiday this year (December 24 – January 1), we’re throwing a pre-Hanukkah party so that we can all be together.

This year's shindig will be bigger (and brighter) than years past. As always, we invite attendees to bring their favorite hanukkiah (Hanukkah menorah) for our communal candle lighting and we'll be spinning happy holiday tunes, but there will also be fun activities for "kids" of all ages and we'll be serving a light dinner, classic Hanukkah eats, and wine, beer, and other beverages.

Buy your tickets on or before December 8 for:
Adults: $18
Ages 6-12: $8
5 & under: FREE

December 9 – 15:
Adults: $25
Ages 6-12: $12
5 & under: FREE

Don't delay. BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

LIGHT IT UP! ACTIVITIES:
Face painting
Cookie decorating
Dreidel making
No Limit Texas Dreidel
Bingo
Coloring

LIGHT IT UP! FOOD & DRINK:
Vegetarian chili
Salad
Latkes
Sufganiyot (jelly doughnuts)
Coffee, tea, soda, & juice
Wine & beer
(1st drink included with ticket; additional drinks: $3 wine; $2 beer; $1 soda/juice)

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE
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