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Chanukah Wonderland 2014


With more crafts and games than ever - and space to move around - the 8th annual Chanukah Wonderland was even better than ever. Thanks to increased advertising and word of mouth, close to 1000 people - from as far as Napa Valley - joined in the Chanukah spirit, getting ready for the Festival of Lights, Chanukah. Click here for a first set of pictures (more to come!)

The Chanukah Wonderland event takes tremendous manpower to pull off! Thanks to our team of over 50 volunteers, the event ran smoothly.

An extra special thank you to the volunteers who took leadership positions, putting endless hours into every last detail.

Thank you...

...Judy Weiner for ensuring that the room looked festive and especially for managing all the crafts!

...Erez Carmel, with able help from Mannie Garmy, once again you brought us an authentic Israeli flavor with the delicious food court.

...Lesley Finkel for single handedly managing the wonderfully unique and creative Chanukah themed carnival.

...Mindy Bogin you’re well connected around town and that’s a major plus when recruiting volunteers!

This year we added a new part of the event: The Menorah Competition! Some amazing entries were submitted; Menorahs in the shape of airplanes and boats; Disney themed Menorahs like Snow White and Frozen; and even a Solar System themed menorah (which won second place!).

Barry Weiner’s metalworks Menorah won first place and Tristen Tobin’s Solar System Menorah won second place. A great job by all who entered!

Thank you Brianna (Chana) Wright and Kevin Duewel who spearheaded our first annual Menorah Competition.

The Chanukah Wonderland was sponsored by:

Anonymous, Erez and Judy Carmel, Dale and Janet Debber, Mannie and Victoria Garmy, Rabbi D.L. Grossbaum, Dr. Barry and Judy Weiner

With corporate sponsorship by: Innovative Compounding PharmacyMoney MailerSierra Vista BankSteve Wallen Swim School.

The planning for next years event starts now, so if you'd like to volunteer your help for next year's event, you can do that today!

To learn more about Chanukah and it’s universal message visit ourChanukah Mega-Site.

All our volunteers deserve credit, those listed below and those that aren't:

Alyssa Bertelson, Zohar Bogin, Rebecca Brown, Jonathan Burg, Carol Canfield, Judi Carmel, Kathy Cohen, Mark Cohen, Pearl Cox,  Moshe Leib (Kevin) Duewell, Linda Ellis, Mannie Garmy, Golda Gelfond, Danielle Gofman, Rabbi DL Grossbaum, Ben Hardiman, Fred Hardiman, Stacey Hardiman, Vincent Hardiman, Karen Hellickson, Anne Hernandez, Helyett Jackson, Joy Kanarik, Amin Kartoum, Cobin Leitch, Marissa Marks, Dawn Maurer, Gina Mulligan, Scott Nathanson, Tamir Offen, Yael Offen, Tara Page, Renee Parvis, David Phillip, Dorene Reisman, Judy Romanofsky, Judah Rosen, Amie Ryan, Deanna Ryan, Jill Simon, Todd Simon, Brad St. Cyr, Terri St. Cyr, Carolyn Streng, Tori Sundheim, Michaela Terner,  Leena Tucker, Natalie Tucker, Rachel Tucker, Julie Weaver, Erica Weiner, Judy Weiner, Maureen Weiner, Mitchell Weiner, Samuel Weinstein, Matty Weshner, Chana Wright, Ido Zafrir

Community Torah Dedication Roundup


On April 6th, over 200 people gathered to witness as the final letters were inscribed in our very own Community Torah. The Torah project was initiated by Avi and Karen Shekarlab over two years ago and formally launched on November 18th 2012 (photos). Over 100 families participated in writing the Torah by dedicating a letter, word or more in the Torah. (It’s not too late, you can still participate in the project - click here to make a donation towards the Torah project).

The celebration featured remarks by local community leaders including Folsom Mayor Kerri Howell and Keaton Riley, a representative from Congressman Ami Bera's office who read a statement that had been entered into the congressional record. Following the Torah's completion the streets were blocked off and, accompanied by live music, the Torah was proudly paraded through the streets until reaching it's permanent home at Chabad.

Thanks to the assistance of Paul Spector of the Spector Agency, the Torah Dedication event received coverage on the local TV stations and in the SacBee. It was also featured in the Common Ground segment on writing a Torah (click here to watch).

In the evening a group of dedicated supporters gathered at the Hampton Inn to celebrate the completion of the Torah. Live music and a delicious meal (catered by Benyomin Ben-Meir) was enjoyed by all and special awards were presented to the primary donors of the project, the Shekarlab, Weiner, Garmy and Chisick families respectively.

Click here for pictures of the Torah Dedication event and the dinner.

Community Seder Featured on TV

Just as over 65 people were sitting down and getting ready for the annual Community Seder, a television crew arrived - they wanted to include our seder in their coverage that evening. Click here to see the clip.

You CAN clean your closet and get a mitzvah for doing it!

Chabad Jewish Community Center has partnered with Just Between Friends, and we will be consigning all donated baby merchandise at their sale, with all profits going to benefit the Chabad Hebrew School Scholarship Fund. 

Here's what you can do to help!

All those baby clothes, accessories, carseats, carraiges, toys etc. piling up in the garage that you don't need - we have a place for you to bring it!

It's a win-win situation, you clear out your storage and Chabad benefits.

· Maternity clothes (gently used condition)

· Clothing sizes newborn-16 (no stains/tears, good condition)

· Toys (no pieces missing from sets)

· Books

· Accessories (no recalled items)

· and anything else related to children

So start collecting your items!

Drop off dates: 

Wednesday, Aug 8, 10 am - 3 pm 
Thursday, August 9,  7 pm - 9 pm

@ Chabad Jewish Community Center 
302 B S Lexington Dr, Folsom

Sale date: Aug 17 at Folsom Sports Complex

click here for JBF details and come shop too! 

If you have any questions or to arrange a drop off time other than the scheduled times, call Goldie @ 916 276 1992 or 


The Chabad Hebrew School Scholarship Fund makes Hebrew School available for every local Jewish child, regardless of financial means. To contribute directly, please click here.

Winners of Summer Raffle 2012!!

GRAND PRIZE - $10,000! David Weissman - Highland Park, IL #0624

2nd Prize Two Free Airline Tickets: Nechama Laber – Troy, NY #0306

3rd Prize Raymond Weil watch: Francee Altman – Minnesota, MN #0118

4th Prize: Toys R Us: Michael Schwartz – Poquot, NY #1068

5th Prize: Apple Bonanza: Alex Shulman – Chicago, IL #0686

6th Prize: Costco Gift Card: Miles Feinberg – El Dorado Hills, CA #0002

GPS: 0086, 0311, 0485, 0506, 0660, 1667, 1836, 1920

Gift Certificate: 0314, 0673

Only One Day Left! Your chance to win $10,000!

Help support our activities and get a chance to win $10,000!! Your donation of $180 will get you a ticket in the Summer Raffle being drawn on Tuesday, July 10th. Visit for details. Questions? Call Rabbi Yossi on 916 608 9811 x 101 or email

No Shabbat Services

Please note: We will not be holding Friday night and Shabbat morning services this week (Friday, June 22nd and Shabbat, June 23rd) and next week (Friday, June 29th and Shabbat, June 30th).

Comedy Night Recap

Side splitting laughter is good for you once in a while and that is what comedian Mark Schiff delivered at the 5th annual Night of Comedy fundraiser this past Sunday evening. Attendees enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts, live music and an exciting array of auction prizes, including an iPad2, beautiful artwork, exclusive jewelry and lots more. In addition, many tried their hand at spinning the Prize Wheel for a chance to win a Kindle.

Thank you to Goldie Grossbaum, Irit Pasco (great job with the flower arrangements!), Ifat Elrom, Erez and Judi Carmel and Dana Kenan-Paz for their help in setting up and ensuring that the event ran smoothly. Thank you to Miles Feinberg for running the spinning wheel; to Pearl Cox and Dorene Reisman for preparing the whimsical door gifts; to Mark Cohen for doing an excellent job eternalizing the event by taking great photos and finally thank you to everyone who came, participated and helped us raise some much needed funds.

Auction Prize Winners:

Amazon Kindle – Dave Cox

iPad 2 – Dale and Janet Debber – who in turn donated it back to Chabad! Thank you!

Silent Auction

Beautiful Photo Print by Mark Cohen
Mannie and Victoria Garmy

“Ner shel Chanukah” original painting by Michele Feinberg
Avi and Keren Shekarlab

Ethiopian Tallit
Dale and Janet Debber

Chinese Auction

Swarovsky Jewelry Ring – Judy Romanofsky

Liquid Energy Underwater Camera Mask Goggles – Mark Elstein

Keurig Brewer – Dale and Janet Debber

Soft and Cuddly Baby Blanket (handmade by Michele Feinberg) – Judy Romanofsky

Kosher Wine Sampler – Leah Lapidus

Heavenly Challah – Mark and Kathy Cohen

Passover Package (including Waterford Crystal goblets) – Dale and Janet Debber

Gourmet Kosher Meal at the Rabbi and Goldie’s – Dale and Janet Debber

Hair Today Package, including hair care products and gift certificate to Style by Carol – Leah Lapidus

Swedish Massage – Goldie Grossbaum

Jewish Library – Andrew Klein

$75 Gift Certificate for Petals by Patrice – Marylee Silverman

Important Note

Due to lack of sponsorship, we are not able to hold our monthly Shabbat Community Dinner tomorrow evening. Please join us next month on Friday, July 6th for the Community Dinner which will be sponsored by Joel and Carol Reuben in honor of their relatives who will be visiting from overseas.

Friday night Shabbat services will be held as usual at 6:30, followed by Kiddush and challah. We hope to see you there!

If you’d like to consider sponsoring a future Community Shabbat Dinner, please email or call Rabbi Yossi on 916 608 9811 x 101.

Baruch Dayan Ha’emet – Blanche Ginsburg OBM

With deep sadness we inform you of the passing of Blanche Ginsburg, mother of Judy Weiner. We extend our sincere condolences to Judy and Barry and the entire Weiner family; “may Hashem console you, together with all mourners of Zion and Jerusalem”. She is survived by her four children, 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

For shiva details please email

Chanukah 2011

Last Sunday, over 200 people prepared for Chanukah in a most innovative and exciting way – by participating in the Chanukah Wonderland. Now in its fifth consecutive year, the Chanukah Wonderland event is recognized as one of the premier Chanukah events in the Sacramento region. Click here for pictures of this year’s event.

Special thank you to our sponsors: Barry and Judy Weiner, Mannie and Victoria Garmy & Erez and Judi Carmel.

Thank you to all the volunteers who made this event a success! Including: Fred Hardiman (and the whole Hardiman family!), Terri St. Cyr, Brad St. Cyr, Gina Culver, Leena Tucker, Gabriella Zeagler, Luz Zeagler, Irit Pasco, Laura Leaphart, Deanna Ryan, Pearl Cox, Judi Carmel, Erez Carmel, Mannie Garmy, Victoria Garmy, Roxanne Holly, Vida Morrison, Debbie Brown, Judy Weiner, Barry Weiner, Erica Weiner, Lauren Sharp, Ifat Elrom, Thomas Drzemala, Nick Vlaovich, David Peters and Dorene Reisman. We couldn’t have done it without you!!

Congratulations to Helene Friedman who won the raffle for the Flip Video camera!

On the first night of Chanukah over 100 people joined in the first annual Menorah Lighting @ Whole Foods! Click here for pictures.

Prof. Rubin Lecture (Audio)

On Sunday November 6th Prof. Barry Rubin of Israel presented a fascinating lecture entitled "From the Upheaval of 2011 to the Crises of 2012." Over 25 people participated in a wide-ranging discussion that spanned Israel and the entire Middle East and the way the region affects American interests. Demonstrating a profound depth of knowledge and intimate familiarity with the nuances of the region, Prof. Rubin outlined the steps necessary to promoting stability and lasting peace in the Middle East.

Click here for download a recording of his presentation.

Visit or for more of Prof. Rubin’s analysis of the region.

Special Lecture - Prof. Barry Rubin


Barry Rubin, Professor at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, Director of the Global Research and International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, and a Senior Fellow at the International Policy Institute for Counterterrorism, will be in Folsom on November 6, 2011. Rubin's lecture, From the Upheavals of 2011 to the Crises of 2012, will explain how the killing of Muammar Gaddafi affects the U.S., give information about Iran's nuclear program, and discuss the Palestinian's statehood bid and constant threat of terrorism in Israel. His lecture will also include a Q&A session. This is the first time this world class expert will appear in the Sacramento area.

Click here for details and to reserve your seat.

Chanukah Wonderland

Despite the rain, close to 200 people came out to celebrate Chanukah in Folsom at the fourth annual Chanukah Wonderland. Located next to the Ice Rink on Historic Sutter Street, the event offered creative and entertaining Chanukah crafts and games as well as delicious kosher food provided by Carmita. Entertainment was provided by Kenn Serrano of the Aloha Balloon Company. The lighting of the 8 foot menorah by Dr Barry and Judy Weiner, concluded the afternoon with everyone leaving inspired to “keep the flame burning”. Check out our Facebook page next week for beautiful pictures by Mark Cohen Photography.

This event was only possible due to the efforts of our committee and sub-committee chairs and the many volunteers; thank you for making this event the success it was!!

Did you lose a pair of glasses?

A pair of glasses was found in the crafts room after the Chanukah Wonderland, if they are yours please call 916 608 9811.

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