Dear Friend,

 Tonight you light  6 candles on your Chanukiah. The earliest time you could light Chanukah candles- or Shabbas candles- is 6:18pm.

 Therefore today’s schedule is:

 1.00pm Mincha in Small Shul

5:45pm Pre-Shul Chanukah party in the Hall

6:18pm Earliest time to light your Chanukiah and Shabbas candles (at home!)

6:40pm Lighting of the giant balloon Menorah by Cantor Ivor and Choir

6:50pm Kabbalat Shabbat- evening service.

7:45pm Go home to eat latkes!

 What a community we are! It is true, as Lance Katz emphasized to me, that we know how to come together in good times as well. But in the tragedy of Morasha Shul’s destruction, one sees this unity in such a tangible way. Click here to make your contribution towards Morasha’s rebuilding. Am Yisrael chai!

 Mazel tov to David & Mandy Donninger on the Bat Mitzvah of their daughter Alyssa Donninger! Mazels to grandparents, Regina Donninger and Godfrey & Michelle Shev. David is a regular in the evenings and together with Mandy, such a vibrant part of our community. But nothing is more vibrant in their lives like Alyssa and we’re thrilled to be celebrating together. Much nachas!!

 Mazel tov to Leon Glaser on the birth of his great grandson; to Bernard & Wendy Shapiro on the birth of their grandson and to Doreen Seidle on the forthcoming marriage of her grandson, Adam Seidle to Candice Green. Much nachas to all!

 Condolences to Maureen Ginsberg on the loss of her sister and Jonathan & Michelle on the loss of their mother, Deanne Ment.

 Condolences to Bev Kleinman on the loss of her husband and to Stacey, Lara & Karen on the loss of their father. To Rene Kleinman on the loss of her son and to Simone, Marilyn & Moritz on the loss of their brother, Jeffrey Kleinman.

 Condolences to Marlene Silbert on the loss of her husband and to Jo, Beth & Patti on the loss of their father, Dr. Maurice Silbert.

 May Hashem give the families strength and comfort.

 On Tuesday night I was honoured to address the annual Chanukah concert by Ivor and friends. A packed crowd enjoyed a top notch entertaining evening. Kudos to Ivor and the entire Seasoned Citizens team and to Kerry Miller for ensuring it all happened. To the Shul Choir, the Youth Choir and Mombaza, ty!!

 Mazel tov to Adele Fish on celebrating her 60th birthday! May Hashem bless you and your family with only simchos, nachas and good health.

 Giant balloon Menorah, TY messages and farewell to our Bachur Uria Sela, Crumbs and Cream, donut wall, fun activities for the kids…all tonight at the pre-Shul Chanukah party! Don’t miss the party but make sure to light your (Chanukah and Shabbas) candles as well.

 Shabbat Shalom and happy Chanukah!