On Wednesday night, the fifth light of Chanukah, the Aliyah Girls Loft hosted its annual Chanukah on Ice celebration.
Over 300 women and girls gathered at the Lefrak ice skating rink for an evening of Chanukah festivity and Jewish Unity. Thank you Galya Bender for your planning this great event.
Aptly named “Shop. Skate. Celebrate”, this wonderful night had all that and more. Attendees were greeted with joyful music as they headed onto the rink for rounds of skating and fun. The indoor facility was setup with pop-up shops where guests could purchase specialty clothing and accessories.
A donut bar and chocolate milk completed the festive mood. Participants had a great time filling donuts with cream, and then coating them with icing and toppings. A photo booth contributed to the fun and many guests walked away with souvenir photo magnets.
During the Menorah lighting ceremony, words of inspiration were shared, highlighting the role the Jewish Women played in the story and miracle of Chanukah. Five women were called up to each light a Chanukah light on the Menorah. Each of these special ladies is working tirelessly to bring light and illumination to others: Once again we thank:
Mrs. Devora Sheiner who has been raising money for over 30 years to provide food and clothing to families in need. She has been involved in many projects helping people with whatever their needs may be.
Mrs. Devorah Benjamin, Director of Keren Simchas Chosson V’kalla, who collects money outside stores daily in the brutal cold and in the extreme heat. She then helps couples arrange the wedding of their dreams and setup their new home with all the basic necessities.
Mrs. Dena Gorkin, principal and founder of Bnos Chomesh, who created a school which provides individualized attention and warmth, empowering each individual girl to be the best that they can be.
Mrs. Ruchama Bistritsky Clapman, Director of MASK, a family services organization which ensures that parents have access to the necessary resources to raise emotionally healthy families.
Mrs. Yocheved Sidof, Director of Lamplighters Yeshivah, who sees school as a learning community nurturing each child to use their will, mind, heart and talents in the service of Hashem. Where the child can then give the same to others and be a true lamplighter.
Many women expressed their appreciation for the wonderful evening they experienced, and the meaningful words they heard. This year’s Chanuka on Ice was the largest it has been since its initiation in 2014.
The celebration was arranged by the Aliya Girls Loft, an organization in Crown Heights uniquely catering to the female youth in the community. Activities are held daily in their drop-in center with special programs for Shabbos and Yom Tov. With much warmth and care, relationships are created and guidance can be provided as needed.