“NYC – IT’S LIT” was a new Chanukah campaign under the auspices of Lubavitch Youth Organization, that gave hundreds of women, girls and families the opportunity to participate in Mivtzoim, some for the very first time.
Together, Crown Heights schools, and families brought Chanukah Menorahs and gifts to Jewish people in nursing homes throughout the city. Bringing the joy and light of Chanukah to the elderly.
Mrs. Chana Zaklikowski, one of the many women that got involved this Chanukah, said she received more than she gave. “Bringing my family to visit the Jewish men and women and brightening up their holiday, was the best Chanukah gift we ever got.”
The Lubavitch Youth Organization also encouraged young couples to join in this project.
They were connected with local Shluchim who provided them with a list of names, addresses and Chanukah supplies for the couples to distribute to
Jewish families in Brooklyn apartment buildings.
Participants went door to door, asking the families if they would like to light the Menorah. The response was phenomenal.
“People were so touched to see my husband and I bring Chanukah to them,” said Chaya Kudaner, “they opened their doors to us happily.”
One of the young couples, Levi and Shainy Gurkov, recalled that “one woman was so excited to get a Menorah and a pamphlet of activities, that she promised to bring her grandchildren to the programs.”
In Towners Social (ITS), a new after-school program for high school girls, partnered with Lubavitch Youth to share Chanukah on the streets, by connecting them to local Shluchim.
Menucha Minkowitz, a student at Bais Rivkah High School said that she gave out 5 Menorahs in less than 30 minutes just by standing near the Kingston Avenue train stop. “I realized that I don’t have to go very far” she said. “Right here in
our own neighborhood there is so much to do.”
Rabbi Yisroel Nissim, the Shliach in Greenpoint, was so grateful that LYO connected him with the high school volunteers “It made a real impact in our community; the girls brought the light of Chanukah to our hipster Brooklyn neighborhood with their personal and warm touch.”
After a long day of Mivtzoyim, one of the volunteer young couples went into a store. They met a middle-aged man who told them that last night, a young Chabad boy had stopped him on the street and had given him a menorah. “It was the first time in my entire life that I lit a Menorah” he said. After he enjoyed the
donuts that the couple offered him, he promised that he would light the Menorah for the second time ever.
Mrs. Rivky Katz, the director of the Levi Yitzchok Library programs at Lubavitch Youth, said “we can take great pride in our Crown Heights community. The menorahs were all sold out, the demand was so great due to the incredible crown heights devotion. Looking forward to doubling our orders and efforts next year.”