Chabad celebrates first night of chanukah on the Ritz-Carlton Beach

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PALM BEACH — Sunday evening, over 150 people joined Rabbi Ahron Blasberg of Chabad Aruba at the Ritz-Carlton beach front for a moving and joyful ceremony lighting the first candle of the Chanukah Menorah.

Special mention of the 11 victims of the Pittsburgh massacre was made as Rabbi Blasberg blasted his Chanukah message across the beach. “Just one little candle we light tonight, symbolizing the light we all have inside of us and how each of us can drive away the forces of darkness by just adding a tiny bit of our light. Do an extra good deed, share your little light and together we will create a world of light and brightness, a world of goodness and kindness!”

Even people in the hotels could hear the message and some even came out after the service to tell the Rabbi how touched they were by the Ceremony. The crowd of locals and tourists then joined in a special rendition of Maoz Tzur followed by music and dancing. There was even a special Dreidel Mascot to dance and take photos with. The participants were then treated to delicious hot latkes and jelly donuts to celebrate.

Chabad would like to make a special thanks to the management team at the Ritz-Carlton for hosting this beautiful event. All are invited to the rest of this week’s Chanukah celebrations taking place across the Island- especially the Chanukah Live Concert on Thursday December 6th at 7pm at the Playa Linda Parking Lot.

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