SARANAC LAKE - Rabbi Rita Leonard and chef Les Hershorn hosted a celebration Friday night at the Robert Louis Stevenson Tea Room to observe Shabbat and the final night of Hanukkah, sometimes spelled Chanukah.
About 20 people showed up to participate in the candle-lighting ceremony and then share dinner together.
Hershorn cooked up traditional foods including latkes and apple sauce, herb-roasted chicken, and kasha, which is buckwheat, a traditional eastern European dish.
About 20 people, including Saranac Lakers Joan and Clifford Donaldson, Tom Kalinowski, Jessica Deeb and Lionel Arlan, eat a meal Friday evening at the Robert Louis Stevenson Tea Room to celebrate the eighth and last night of Hanukkah. The Jewish holiday recalls the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BCE, when one day’s oil miraculously burned for eight days.
(Enterprise photo — Jessica Collier)
Leonard said she planned to play the balaika, a Russian peasant instrument, later in the evening and have a sing-along of traditional Hanukkah songs and a few Leonard wrote, one for the interfaith community.
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