Chanukah came early in Queens as the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates celebrated al Kislev long! The festivities kicked off with YIJE’s monthly Family Mitzvah Morning. Parents and children came together in the spirit of Chanukah to create gift bags and Chanukah decorations for the residents for the residents at the Margaret Tietz Rehabilitation Center! The program was sponsored by Tammy and Hillel Bryk.

The YIJE Sisterhood eagerly hosted its annual Friday Night Pre-Chanukah Shabbat Dinner after a two-year COVID hiatus. YIJE families came together for a lavish dinner. While the shul’s rav, Rabbi Dr. Dov Lerner, delivered an inspirational Chanukah message to the adults, fun and games for the children were led by YIJE Youth Director Jacob Herskowitz and the Youth Department staff. The highlight of the evening was the parent/child sufganiyot eating contest...if only there were pictures!

The children of Jamaica Estates came together for more fun and games at the Youth Department’s Annual Chanukah Blast Chagigah. The kids danced to Chanukah tunes, created Chanukah decorations to take home, participated in a creative game show called Nes or No-Nes, led by Jacob Herskowitz and Rabbi Lerner, and everyone worked together to build a giant LEGO Chanukiah under the direction of Aryeh Rozic. Of course, no party would not be complete without pizza, chocolate gelt, and sufganiyot!

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