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Beach Haven Jewish Center Hanukkah party

Wild Hanukkah

Brooklyn Daily

The Beach Haven Jewish Center let loose on Nov. 27 for a very wild Hanukkah party thanks to, which brought animals for a show-and-tell with the kids and their folks, including an iguana and an adorable fennec fox.

“There was a nice variety of about 15 animals,” said Rabbi Silver of the Beach Haven Jewish Center. “They really had the crowd going.”

This was perhaps Beach Haven’s biggest holiday party ever, with more than 70 kids and 50 adults coming for food, the animal demonstrations, and the evening’s menorah lighting.

“The Jewish center has had a Hanukkah party and menorah lighting for many years,” said Rabbi Silver. “But this is the first time we’ve done it on this scale.”

After was finished dazzling its audience with adorable critters, everybody gathered outside for the ceremonial menorah lighting.

This year, the honor of lighting the first candle fell to councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch, who’s also a friend of the Jewish Center and of the Rabbi.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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