Itzik Abu-Hatzera

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01/04/2011
JTA

Boca Raton, Fla. — Itzik Abu-Hatzera rarely attended synagogue in his native Haifa when he lived in Israel.

But last December his family was among those of nearly 200 other Israelis in South Florida at a Chanukah party sponsored by the Chabad Israeli Center in Boca Raton.

“In Israel you don’t need it — Jews are all around you,” says Abu-Hatzera, who moved here 10 years ago.

A girl points to a menorah made of ice at a Boca Raton Chanukah party that attracted some 200 Israeli families last month.
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