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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 4 years ago

Hanukkah fest satisfies spirituality, sweet tooth with Wonka theme

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The Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona served up Oompa Loopa latkes and the world's biggest chocolate menorah for its Hanukkah celebration. 

BY EMILY BLACKWOOD | STAFF WRITER

Grey skies didn't stop huge crowds from coming together last weekend to celebrate the fifth night of Hanukkah at The Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona, located at 1079 W. Granada Blvd. And the "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" theme was simply icing on the cake.

"We always try to have a big celebration for the community," said Rabbi Shamuel Konikov, program director. "We usually try to target the families and the children so they can celebrate and enjoy the message of Hanukkah."

The kids of Chabad seemed more then happy with the pony rides, a working robot costume, a 4-dimensional gaming center, a petting zoo and bungy jumping. And Chanukah and the Chocolate Factory wouldn't be complete without the world's largest chocolate menorah.

"Every single one of us has a little bit of oil inside of us, which means we have a flame in us all," said Konikov. "Sometimes we think that we are a hopeless case but, deep down, we have a reservoir of oil which means at any given moment our inner light perks out and we can truly accomplish great things."

This year, Hanukkah began Nov. 27 and will end Dec. 5.

"Light always prevails over darkness," Konikov said. "A little bit of light can push out a lot of darkness."

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