Congregation Beth Shalom observes Hanukkah

Sunday, December 21, 2008 | 9:15 p.m. CST; updated 9:46 p.m. CST, Sunday, December 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — Families gathered for the first night of Hanukkah on Sunday at Congregation Beth Shalom to light menorahs and enjoy latkes and games for children. About 100 people attended the celebration, which also included a magic show. Rabbi Yossi Feintuch explained the history of the holiday, which commemorates the rededication of the Jewish temple.

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Multicolored dreidels rest in a box at the entrance of Congregation Beth Shalom. The game is played by spinning the dreidel to win coins placed in the kitty — three sides of the dreidel represent "none," "half," or "all" of the coins, and "put in" tells you to return one of your coins to the kitty, according to information from the Jewish Outreach Institute.
As part of the Madok and Hanna magic show, David Klachko pours water out of a trick cup for the eighth time, signifying the eight days of Hannukah. Klachko has been doing magic shows for Hannukah celebrations for 25 years.
Gail Bank twists and shapes a pink balloon into a dog for a child during the celebration.
Rabbi Yossi Feintuch reads off part of the history of Hannukah to a group of more than one hundred gathered at Congregation Beth Shalom in celebration of the first night of the holiday.
Ray Adelstein, 4, center, grabs some latkes with his sister Beni, 8. Latkes are potato pancakes typically eaten during the holiday.
Zach Simon, 7, spins a dreidel — a top-like toy with Hebrew letters on each of its four sides.
Kelly Durante helps her daughter Gianna, 6, light the first candle on the menorah at Congregation Beth Shalom on Dec. 21. Nearly 100 people celebrated the first night of the eight day holiday at the congregation.

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