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Menorah Lighting continues tradition of giving

12/6/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Members of the Lippman School in Akron sing songs as the menorah at Summit Mall is lit at last year’s event. In the foreground from left is Todd Rockoff, director of the Shaw Jewish Community Center, along with Rabbi Mendy Sasonkin, of the Revere Road Synagogue, and his 7-year-old son, Yossi.
Photo: Scott Horstman
FAIRLAWN — The local Jewish community’s creation of a Hanukkah menorah made of canned goods has helped provide many meals for those in need.

After two successful years that resulted in the donation of 3,000 items per year donated to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, organizers said they again are continuing the project as part of the 22nd annual Menorah Lighting at Summit Mall, 3265 W. Market St.

This year’s event will be Dec. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

Event organizer Kaila Sasonkin, wife of Rabbi Mendy Sasonkin, of the Revere Road Synagogue, said work on the menorah will begin the night of Dec. 9 with a crew of Jewish community volunteers, as well as local Boy Scouts.

The look of the menorah will depend on the types of canned goods donated, Sasonkin said.

Canned goods may be dropped off at the Shaw JCC, 750 White Pond Drive in West Akron; Beth-El Congregation and The Lippman School, both located in the Shaw JCC; Temple Israel, 133 Merriman Road in West Akron; or Revere Road Synagogue, 646 N. Revere Road in Bath.

She added that canned goods also may be donated the night of the event, although they will not be used for the can menorah.

Fairlawn Mayor William Roth and Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic have been invited to participate. This year also will feature appearances by Judah the Maccabee and Dreidel Man. Crafts and games for children also will take place.

Traditional Jewish foods like potato latkes, doughnuts fried in oil and applesauce will be available, as well.

Sasonkin said it’s important for the community to continue to host the lighting event, which is open to all and free.

“Our focus is the message of the holiday, which is to keep our faith strong like those who kept it in the actual story of Hanukkah, and show our pride in that in whatever we do,” she said. “We’d like to be a light uniting the nations and celebrate our traditions that way.”

For more information, call 330-867-6798.

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