Customers at the King Kullen and Super Stop & Shop on Shore Road in Port Washington, New York, were warmly greeted Thursday evening by a group of Chabad Chanukah enthusiasts.
Armed with menorahs, dreidels, latkes and the brand new edition of Farbrengen magazine, Rabbinic intern Shmuely Friedman of Chabad of Port Washington set out to bring the light of Chanukah to Port Washington residents.
Friedman rounded up a crew of relatives and JRIT’s (Junior Rabbis In Training), including Doobie Lisker, Mendy Zajac, Mendel Perl, Leibel Levin and Naftali Reinetz, and brought them along to help with the latke frying and menorah distribution and to provide warm Chanukah cheer.
“I told Shmuley, I’d love to go and share the light, just do me a favor and make sure I’m indoors,” said Freidman’s cousin Chaim Marcus, an ad exec in town from California for the holiday.
A little further up Shore Road at the giant Super Stop & Shop, customers entered the supermarket to be greeted by the delicious smell of latkes.
“I was actually gonna go to another supermarket, but G-d must have directed me here tonight,” said Amy Welder, a long-time Port Washington resident, when she encountered the boys. “When I walked in and was greeted with a ‘happy chanukah’ and a hot latke, it made my day!” she said.
Although many of the patrons at Super Stop & Shop answered yes to the question “Do you have a menorah?” there were close to two dozen who did not, and were thrilled to get one courtesy of Chabad of Port Washington.
“I’ve known Rabbi Paltiel for almost 20 years, and I couldn’t be more thankful for what he does for us here,” said David, a regular at Stop & Shop.