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Generations gather to mark approach of Hanukkah

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Leila Navidi

Seniors watch children from the Sandra & Stanley Mallin Early Childhood Center perform during L’Dor V’Dor at Temple Beth Sholom in Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. L’Dor V’Dor is a Hebrew saying that means “from generation to generation” and is an event which provides entertainment and a hot kosher meal to Las Vegas homebound and facility bound seniors.

L'Dor V'Dor at Temple Beth Sholom

Children from the Sandra & Stanley Mallin Early Childhood Center perform during L'Dor V'Dor at Temple Beth Sholom in Las Vegas on Tuesday, December 4, 2012. L'Dor V'Dor is a Hebrew saying that means Launch slideshow »

There was singing, dancing and lots of latkes Tuesday morning at Temple Beth Sholom as nearly 300 seniors from around the valley gathered to eat, socialize and celebrate the approaching Hanukkah holiday.

Residents at 30 senior living homes from as far away as Boulder City rode buses to the temple, near Town Center Drive and Desert Inn Road, for L’Dor V’Dor, which in Hebrew means “Generation to Generation.”

The free event, which has been staged five times a year for the past 13 years, gives homebound seniors an opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a warm, kosher meal.

“The idea is to socialize and get out of the house. Some of them can’t make it outside the house on their own,” said Shel Kolner, who helped organize the event. “It gives them something to look forward to. We want them to feel a part of something.”

The morning program included performances by the more than 100 preschool students who attend the Sandra and Stanley Mallin Early Childhood Center at the temple.

Dressed as dreidels, candles and latkes — a potato pancake traditionally served during Hanukkah — the students, who ranged in age from 18 months to 5 years, sang and danced to a number of holiday tunes, including “Rock and Roll Dreidel,” "I Have a Little Dreidel” and a Hanukkah-themed version of the popular Black Eyed Peas song “I Have a Feeling.”

The performance drew cheers from the crowd members, who sang and clapped along with the students, and also served as a dress rehearsal for the preschoolers, who will have a holiday program next week at the temple for friends and families, said Jennifer Zuckowski, director of the preschool.

During the program, the temple’s rabbi, Felipe Goodman, explained the history and meaning of Hanukkah, which begins at sunset Saturday, to an audience with many non-Jewish members.

Kolner said more than half of the attendees at Tuesday’s event weren’t Jewish, giving the temple an opportunity to share its faith and traditions with a broader audience.

“For many people, (Judaism) is a mystery to them,” Kolner said. “We’re sharing the holiday spirit, and hopefully they learned a little about Hanukkah.”

After the program, the seniors were served a meal of chicken, latkes and vegetables at the temple. For dessert, cake was served to celebrate the 100th birthdays of attendees Ann Sharp and Helene Stadler.

“The idea is the younger generation is taking care of the older generation. We’re thinking of them,” Kolner said of L’Dor V’Dor. “They built the groundwork for all that we’ve enjoyed over the years.”

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  1. Why didn't the photographer use a camera with a greater depth of focus, such as available with flash? Did the photographer intentionally blur out the all faces of the attendees, except one?

    Also the article did not get into the meaning of Hanukkah, the Maccabees' fight for freedom from the tyrant Antiochus. Why didn't it show the eight-candle menorah (candelabra) for the eight-day celebration of this important Jewish religious holiday?

  2. Many blessings and peace to all this holiday season, however celebrated. It is fabulous that during the Hanukkah festivities, that "generation to generation" both in tradition and in honoring one another is celebrated. The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah also celebrates the historic memory of the miracle and Festival of Lights.

    Regardless of your personal faith, may one and all dwell in the real meaning for our celebrations this time of year. May your life be full of miracles and hope for the good that is in all of us to grow and be manifested each day we are here on this planet.

    Blessings and Peace,
    Star