Area is spinning with unique Chanukah events

Area is spinning with unique Chanukah events

I have a little dreidel; I made it out of … acrylic?
Just in time for Chanukah, the JCC-Y in Rockland will sponsor the construction on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. of what just might be the world’s largest dreidel. To be made of acrylic blocks, it will vie for that title in the Guinness Book of World Records; (845) 36′-4400.

Want a little social action along with your Chanukah festivities? Bring gently used kids’ books to Temple Beth Sholom in Park Ridge on Sunday, at 6:30 p.m., and decorate and fill gift bags with them. They’ll go to New Jersey Food Bank’s Kids Kloset for needy children in Paterson, Newark, and Hillside, as holiday gifts; free; (’01) 391-46’0.

Don’t feel like frying and baking for the holidays? Visit SINAI Special Needs Institute’s pre-Chanukah bake sale with latkes on Sunday, Dec. ‘5, at 10 a.m.; free, but sponsors and donations of baked goods are welcome; (’01) 837-1848.

And in the spirit of tzedakah, how about going to Chopstix’s annual holiday party at the Moose Lodge in Teaneck on Wednesday, Dec. ‘8, at 6 p.m. The program is free, but donations are welcome and will benefit patients at Tomorrows Children Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center; (’01) 833-0’00.

Finally, what would the story of Chanukah be without a menorah — of chocolate? Cans of kosher food? Legos? Or ice?

Find out by joining Bris Avrohom of Fair Lawn at a Chanukah carnival as children decorate a giant chocolate menorah on Dec. ‘5 at noon and light it at 3 p.m.; free, but game booths have a fee; (’01) 791-7’00.

The Valley Chabad Center for Jewish Life is constructing what it hopes will be the biggest Lego menorah at the YJCC in Washington Township at 4 p.m.; $1′ admission includes pizza; (’01) 476-0157. At 5, join the family Chanukah party at the Teaneck Chabad House and help build perhaps the world’s largest menorah made out of cans of donated kosher food that you bring. All will be donated to the Center for Food Action; admission is a can of food; (’01) 907-0686.

Before you call it a day, join the Chabad Center of Northwest Bergen County at 5 p.m. outside Wyckoff’s borough hall as it lights a menorah sculpted from ice; free; (’01) 848-0449.