Chabad Jewish Center celebrates Chanukah on Ice at City Plaza

Chabad Jewish Center celebrates Chanukah on Ice at City Plaza

CHICO — In the midst of City Plaza, a giant blue dreidel mascot joined the public in the skating rink and glide to the sounds of pop Chanukah music.

The Chabad Jewish Center had its 16th Chanukah celebration at the City Plaza in Chico on Sunday and this year invited the public to take traditional oil-fried treats, a booklet of the celebration of Chanukah, and crafts for children.

With the addition of the ice rink this year, Levik Zwiebel wore a dreidel costume, put on ice skates, and celebrated what his mother Chana Zwiebel dubbed “Chanukah on Ice.”

“It’s nice Jewish people get to celebrate Chanukah and with the community at large,” Chana said. “I think it’s important for people to celebrate each other’s culture. The message of Chanukah is universal.”

  • Levik Zwiebel dressed in a blue dreidel mascot outfit skating at the ice rink at City Plaza in Chico, CA on Sunday Dec. 5 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

  • Snack boxes with a chocolate coin paired with a donut or a potato latke on a table for the Chabad Jewish Center’s 16th celebration of Chanukah at the City Plaza in Chico, CA on Sunday Dec. 5 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

  • A fully lit menorah near the ice rink at the City Plaza in Chico, CA on Sunday Dec. 5 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

  • Ice skaters at the City Plaza Ice Rink in Chico, CA with a menorah of light bulbs in the background on Sunday Dec. 5 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

  • Chabad Jewish Center’s menorah on top of a structure at the City Plaza in Chico, CA on Sunday Dec. 5 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

  • Shlomo Sax, left, and Rasi Segal sitting on the City Plaza stage with candles on Sunday Dec. 5 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

  • Rabbi Mendi Zweibel lighting the final candle on a Menorah at City Plaza in Chico, CA on Sunday Dec. 5 2021. (Michael Weber/Enterprise-Record)

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The Celebration of Chanukah is also known as the Festival of Lights. The Chabad Jewish Center gave out booklets about Chanukah to the public with information on the origination, the values of Chanukah, how to light a menorah, a recipe for traditional donuts, and blessings.

Chana made doughnuts and potato latkes which are traditional to Chanukah.

Rabbi Mendy Zwiebel said oil fried foods are an homage to the oil that lasted eight nights for the original menorah that is celebrated today.

“At home, we light our menorahs also. Chanukah is celebrated both at home and in public.” Chana said. “It’s a family time but it’s also time for the community.”

Chana said the Chabad Jewish Center have been doing different Chanukah celebrations every night and last night they held a parade with giant menorahs on top of cars.

“One of the messages of Chanukah is that with good, we always have to be adding,” Chana said. “What was done last night was amazing, and now we’re at the final night of the holiday. We’re going to be lighting the whole menorah which is really special.”

Rabbi Mendy Zwiebel presented the historic menorah lighting on the center stage. To celebrate the final lighting of the menorah, Zwiebel remarks on the meaning of Chanukah.

“In a dark period, a negative period, the Jewish approach is to add a light,” Zwiebel said. “A little lightness dispels a lot of darkness. It just takes one little candle to make a light.”

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