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Hanukkah Fest!

For Youth | Free and open to all

Sunday, December 9, 10:30AM


While many Jews celebrate Hanukkah by eating potato pancakes, deep fried in oil in remembrance of the miracle of the oil, here at Shearith Israel we honor the tradition of Amsterdam by eating vaffele (waffles) because God made a “miracle and wonder” (Hebrew: “nes va-fe'le”) during these days. And after all, everyone loves a good waffle!


Please join CSI youth and PTTS for fun and educational Hanukkah festivities led by Nat Bernstein, our Youth Groups Leader and Programming Coordinator and Yona Glass, PTTS Hebrew School Principal, and Rabbi Ira Rohde. Kids will enjoy art projects, songs, homemade waffles, and more!

Omer Board

Shearith Israel’s “Omer Board” dates back to the Mill Street Synagogue of 1730, and may indeed go back to the early years of the Congregation’s history. 

Emma Lazaraus

Emma Lazarus is best known for her famous poem, “The New Colossus,” inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty.