11.18.16 Issue

Annette van de Kamp-Wright, Editor of the Jewish Press

Although we’ve enjoyed a beautiful fall season, the temperatures are definitely dropping and winter is on its way. That means we can start looking forward to cozy sweaters, hot chocolate by the fireplace and, of course, chocolate coins and eight nights of Hanukkah.

There is no better way than to welcome the holiday than to join the Jewish Federation of Omaha, the Jewish Community Center and Friedel Jewish Academy during the Kids’ Campaign Hanukkah Extravaganza.

Mark the date in your calendar: Monday, Dec. 19, from 5 to 7 p.m., the front entrance of the Jewish Community Center welcomes kids from the entire community to celebrate Hanukkah and Tzedakah.

The 2017 Kids’ Campaign Chairs are Stephanie, Matthew, Shalom, Judah and Eliana Beneda; Crystal, Aryeh, Nina and Josie Epstein; Lisa, Chuck, Makayla and Kori Lucoff; Jamie, Troy, Ainsley, Aiden and Audrey Meyerson; Melissa, Matt, Joshua, Evan and Lea Shapiro and Sonia, Alan, Adria and Asher Tipp.

“It’s important to show my children that giving to this community matters,” Co-Chair Lisa Lucoff said. “We have to be involved fiscally, but also volunteer our time.”

There is no cost to attend, and RSVPs are not necessary. During the celebration, which comes with all the bells and whistles like games, arts and crafts and a jumpy castle, Kids’ Campaign Tzedakah boxes will be handed out to everyone. And: guests can purchase latkes at Friedel’s annual latke sale, FJA Head of School Beth Cohen said.

“Kids’ meals are only $5 and include two latkes with applesauce and sour cream, two donut holes and a juice box,” she added. Adult meals will have three latkes; a bottle of water replaces the juice box. To-go orders are $15 for ten latkes, applesauce and sour cream included. Donuts are for sale as well. Pre-orders are appreciated, and can be placed by contacting friedelacademy@fjaomaha.com by Dec. 14 at the latest.

“I’m excited about this celebration,” Lisa Lucoff said, “because it’s another opportunity for the community to come together. My children can see the friends they grew up with at the CDC, and Chuck and I get to see our friends at the same time! Even though Omaha is a small community, we need events like these to bring us together as often as possible. Plus, the event is free and both kids and adults will have an amazing time!”