Dec 26, 2011
From Olympic Torch to Menorah

Gold Coast Mayor Ron Clarke - former Olympic champion and torch lighter at the 1956 Olympics, lit a different torch this week - the first surfboard Menorah in Surfers Paradise, Australia.

A beautiful Chanukah celebration was held last week in Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Queensland for the entire community with a record large crowd of local and visiting participants.

The event included the lighting of the first ever Surfboard menorah by Shliach Rabbi Nir Gurevitch, built by Mark Foster of a row of colorful surfboards.

The event also included a spectacular fire show, many rides for the children and adults, barbeque, fresh doughnuts, music and dancing, a raffle and more.

Two bochurim Shluchim from Sydney Yeshiva - AKA 'The Macabees', Chida Levitansky and Danny Winterfeld, enthralled the children and brought excitement to all with their outstanding beat-boxing talent and energy throughout the night.

A number of dignitaries attended and gave tribute to the festival of Chanukah and its message, including Mayor of the Gold Coast Ron Clarke and his wife, Councillor for Surfers Paradise Suzie Douglas, Councillor Don Crishlow, Members of parliament and others.

Current mayor of the Gold Coast Ron Clarke-former Olympic champion runner and torch lighter of the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, in transformation, lit the menorah symbolizing the victory of the Maccabees over the Greeks!



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1
Y.W., L.A.
wow, chida! brought some simcha monica spirit there?
(12/26/2011 6:40:04 PM)
2
former sydney shliach
wow awesome menorah very original!
(12/26/2011 6:44:47 PM)
3
Go DANNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And we saw you driving on the wrong side of the road somewhere else!! :))!!!!!!!!!!!
(12/26/2011 7:28:09 PM)
4
MUUUUUSSSSKAAAA!!!!!!!!!
I SPY MUUUUUUSHKAAAAAA!!!!!
(12/26/2011 7:44:23 PM)
5
chida
u dont know how to make a mean face!
(12/26/2011 8:28:39 PM)
6
go chida
rockin as always!
(12/26/2011 8:35:53 PM)
7
hey chida
how many tiffilen did u get?
(12/26/2011 8:36:22 PM)
8
Go chida
Lol
(12/26/2011 10:27:27 PM)
9
spotted
mushka u look great!!!!
(12/26/2011 11:20:06 PM)
10
Gold Coast Hebrew Congregation board member
Rabbi Gurevitch and family together with the Yeshivah Bocherim that you brought here , thank you so much for making Channukah so special for us.
Thank you and your family also , for the years of spirituality and religious activities that you continue to bring to our congregation as well as to so many of us individually.
(12/27/2011 1:34:36 AM)
11
GTA
chida keep on drivin
(12/27/2011 1:55:40 AM)
12
miss you
wow mushka you look stunning
(12/27/2011 2:01:57 AM)
13
as always great job!
Kol Hakavod to Rabbi Gurevitch! the greatest Rabbi in the world. looks fantastic! Keep up the great work.
(12/27/2011 2:15:26 AM)
14
chida?
you sure ur a maccabe?
(12/27/2011 6:16:42 AM)
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