The Friendship Circle of Chabad of South Broward is preparing the 37th Annual South Florida Chanukah Festival Featuring Avraham Fried & 8th Day at Gulfstream Park & Casino. Sponsored by Kosher Central, Hallandale Beach, Gulfstream Park & Casino & Sunny.org(https://www.facebook.com/visitlauderdale)
by Reuven Arazi CHANUKAH MARKS BIRTHDAY OF CHABAD IN BROWARD COUNTY...ENTERING 37th YEAR
The 37th Annual South Florida Chassidic Chanukah Festival is getting bigger and better. Considering that over 10,000 people have participated each year since the event was moved to Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach back in 2007, the staff and volunteers preparing the upcoming Festival set for Tuesday December 27th, 7PM, have coordinated a star studded program that will guarantee the biggest attendance ever. The crowd will be even bigger than last year, as tens of thousands of tourists, in love with Jewish Music, are expected that week in South Florida.
Avraham Fried will be the featured entertainment, as he will be performing live, in a full fledged concert.
Fried began his career with the release of his first album "No Jew Will Be Left Behind" in 1981, featuring the song "Kel Hahodaos", written by Kol Salonica.
In the summer of 2009, Fried made a concert tour in Israel where he introduced Israeli singer and composer Chanan Yovel and featured the songs Rak T'filla and U'Nesane Tokef. His first DVD was released in December 2009.
His music is mostly categorized as pop Jewish music, similar to Mordechai ben David and tends to integrate many styles of popular music, including pop, rock and jazz, with Jewish lyrics and themes.
8th Day, which was co-founded by brothers Shmuel and Bentzi Marcus, is one of Jewish Music’s hottest acts. The group has released four studio albums that get air play regularly on the radio in New York and Israel. They have played hundreds of sold out concerts across the globe, touring in places like Australia, Spain, Israel, Hong Kong, and all over the United States. 8th Day’s fresh and unique sound is complimented by their catchy lyrics (mostly English with some Hebrew and Yiddish mixed in) and their spirited vocal harmonies. Their hit song ”Ya’alili” took the world by storm in 2011 and is still one of the most popular songs in Jewish music today. Their most recent album “All You Got”, was released in June of 2012, and has been critically acclaimed worldwide. It is one of the top selling albums of Jewish music in 2012. Fans and critics alike continue to be enthralled with the creativity and innovation of this one-of-a-kind music group.
The Festival takes place in Hallandale Beach, at Gulfstream Park, US1 and Hallandale Beach Blvd.The event is annually produced and directed by Chabad of South Broward, leaders in Jewish Education, social services and community outreach.
The last few years, the Chanukah Festival was seen live around the world via Jewish TV @ Chabad.org. It was the most watched Live Jewish TV Show. People from across the globe, from the Ukraine to Israel, from South America to Australia, were fixed to their screens for the three hour Chanukah production that warmed so many hearts and inspired so many souls.
The Festival will honor the Friendship Circle, a program with some 100 branches worldwide, that caters to children with special needs, who are teamed up with local teenagers. These teenagers serve as volunteers and friends of these children with special needs.
Other Festival highlights include the lighting of Florida's Largest Menorah, led by Cantor Rabbi Yossy Lebovics and a large lineup of Community Leaders and Dignitaries, free Chanukah gelt and goodies for the thousands of children in attendance, a delicious dinner (for a nominal fee), and scores of valuable prizes.
Rabbi Levi Tennenhaus, the events' coordinator and Chabads' Program Director, encourages those who can afford to get reserved seating: "The event, as always, is free. However, in addition to our major sponsors, individuals are entitled to reserve VIP seats for $100 per seat. This will help both the Festival, which runs at an enormous cost as a service to the community, and individuals who want the luxury and convenience to sit up front with their seats reserved exclusively for them and their families.''
Chanukah marks the birthday of Chabad of South Broward. The first Chabad Center in Broward County, Chabad of South Broward now runs from their Headquarters in Hallandale Beach over forty-five programs and agencies,, including Project PRIDE, a non-sectarian drug prevention and education program, The Friendship Circle, an incredible interactive program for children and teenagers with special needs, the Chaya Aydel Seminary, Florida's only Teachers Seminary for Women, the fast expanding CHAI TOTS Preschool and Hebrew School, Bar and Bat Mitzvah Clubs, CTEEN Club, 3 Mikvahs accessible to the physically challenged, Camp Gan Israel, Kollel for Businessmen and Professionals, and 15 Synagogues. Chabad of South Broward is headed by Rabbi Raphael and Goldie Tennenhaus, who came to Broward County, as Shluchim (emissaries) of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M Schneerson (1902-1994) in December 1980. Log on to Chabadsouthbroward.com for to see the scope of Chabad's wide range of programs.