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Celebrating Chanukah in Bradenton, Florida

Celebrating Chanukah in Bradenton, Florida

It all began eight years ago. The City of Bradenton put up Christmas decorations downtown. In addition, they placed a Chanukah menorah near the old Manatee Players building. Our Temple thought it would be a great idea to hold a public Chanukah celebration by the Menorah. Nearly 50 people arrived. “We all had a great time and decided to do it again the following year” stated Robyn Spirtas, President of Temple Beth El. That is how “Downtown Chanukah” began. The crowds grew larger and the celebration became more joyous.“ There was even dancing in the street” stated past President, Sandy Clark.

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