Can I Interest You In Chanukah (Surveys)?

Lamenting the increasingly premature arrival of all-things-Christmas is a favorite American (especially American Jewish) pastime.

However, this year, with the first night of Chanukah on Wednesday, Dec. 1 (ack — just four and a half weeks away!) we Jews can be credited with ushering in the holiday season early this year.

The Festival of Lite

Editorial Intern

Chanukah foods don’t exactly bring healthy images to mind. In Israel, this time of year every bakery in town is serving up trays and trays of sufganiyot, doughnuts with your choice of jelly, caramel or even chocolate filling.
But as people worry about their waistlines and calorie counts, indulging in a fried delicacy for eight nights may not be the best idea.

This Chanukah, you can choose healthier baked doughnut “muffins,” left, or the full-fat fried version, above.

Long Island Lights Up

Staff Writer
Menorahs, latkes and dreidels — the staples of Chanukah — were in abundance this week as the Festival of Lights was celebrated in homes, synagogues and public spaces. Preschoolers at the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills (at right, top) prepared for the holiday by making menorahs and a giant dreidel. And the JCC called upon the Roslyn Highlands Fire Department for help in lighting its 18-foot menorah, which sits on the JCC’s front lawn at 300 Forest Drive and is said to be the largest freestanding menorah on the Island.


Staff Writer
To some, holiday cards depicting reindeer with a menorah for antlers, a Santa Claus with payes, and a menorah filled with candy canes are nothing short of obscene. To others, they’re a humorous way of sending holiday greetings. “I don’t want to send out Christmas cards,” said Ron Gompertz, 51, the Jewish creator of the new cards. He said his wife, Michelle, 44, who is Protestant, didn’t want to send out Chanukah cards. So they came up with this novel approach to the Chanukah-Christmas season, which they call Chrismukkah.

Treeless In Seattle

Staff Writer
He’s being called the “rabbi who stole Christmas.” But Rabbi Elazar Bogomilsky insists it was not his idea to remove 14 Christmas trees from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. All he asked, he said, was that his eight-foot menorah be displayed as well. “Removing the trees was a foolish decision by the Port [of Seattle] and they said they made a mistake,” Rabbi Bogomilsky said.

The Bubbie/Zadie Letters

Staff Writer
If you think keeping track of gifts for all your grandchildren at Chanukah time is tough, be grateful you’re not Daniel Halevi Bloom. He has 10,000 “grandkids” to write to.

Sammy's Menorah Auction Blues

There were many items being auctioned off recently at the Radisson Martinique Hotel in Koreatown: Lot 114, "A Large and Important Brass Chanukkah Lamp" from 18th century Italy (estimated selling price: $16,000 to $24,000); Lot 148, a silver Megillah case, "probably India," circa 1840 ($12,000 to $18,000); Lot 86, a painted wood ad for Dubek cigarettes from Palestine, circa 1930 ($2,000 to $3,500).

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