Community gathers to celebrate Chanukah
Abi Bowling (L), music director from Congregation Beth Shalom, directs the combined choirs of Temple Beth Ami and Congregation Beth Shalom during a Chanukah celebration at the Westfield Town Center. Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal
By Christina Cox
Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Residents from across the Santa Clarita Valley gathered together Wednesday night to celebrate the fifth night of Chanukah at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Members from Chabad of SCV, Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple Beth Ami joined together for dreidel games, latkes, children’s crafts, Chanukah songs and the lighting of the menorah.

Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth (L) lights the menorah as Rabbi Choni Marozov (R) from Chabad of Santa Clarita Valley looks on during a Chanukah celebration at the Westfield Town Center. Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal
Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth (L) lights the menorah as Rabbi Choni Marozov (R) from Chabad of Santa Clarita Valley looks on during a Chanukah celebration at the Westfield Town Center. Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal

“Chanukah is a holiday where we try to get together with family and friends and this is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate unity as a community,” Chabad of SCV Rabbi Choni Marozov said.

Choirs from all three synagogues performed at the celebration as well as before the lighting of the community menorah.

Marozov said the annual Chanukah Celebration has been held at the mall for about 15 years.  Ten years ago, other Jewish synagogues and communities joined Chabad of SCV’s holiday celebration.

Conductor Wendy Hersh wears a festive menorah hat as she directs the Chabad of Santa Clarita Valley during a Chanukah celebration at the Westfield Town Center. Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal
Conductor Wendy Hersh wears a festive menorah hat as she directs the Chabad of Santa Clarita Valley during a Chanukah celebration at the Westfield Town Center. Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal

Every year, the community festival draws crowds of up to 700 people from the Santa Clarita Valley.

“We strongly encourage everyone to celebrate Chanukah as much as possible, to light the menorah together as a family and to attend the community events,” Marozov said.

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Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.

Abi Bowling (L), music director from Congregation Beth Shalom, directs the combined choirs of Temple Beth Ami and Congregation Beth Shalom during a Chanukah celebration at the Westfield Town Center. Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal

Community gathers to celebrate Chanukah

Residents from across the Santa Clarita Valley gathered together Wednesday night to celebrate the fifth night of Chanukah at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

Members from Chabad of SCV, Congregation Beth Shalom and Temple Beth Ami joined together for dreidel games, latkes, children’s crafts, Chanukah songs and the lighting of the menorah.

Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth (L) lights the menorah as Rabbi Choni Marozov (R) from Chabad of Santa Clarita Valley looks on during a Chanukah celebration at the Westfield Town Center. Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal
Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth (L) lights the menorah as Rabbi Choni Marozov (R) from Chabad of Santa Clarita Valley looks on during a Chanukah celebration at the Westfield Town Center. Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal

“Chanukah is a holiday where we try to get together with family and friends and this is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate unity as a community,” Chabad of SCV Rabbi Choni Marozov said.

Choirs from all three synagogues performed at the celebration as well as before the lighting of the community menorah.

Marozov said the annual Chanukah Celebration has been held at the mall for about 15 years.  Ten years ago, other Jewish synagogues and communities joined Chabad of SCV’s holiday celebration.

Conductor Wendy Hersh wears a festive menorah hat as she directs the Chabad of Santa Clarita Valley during a Chanukah celebration at the Westfield Town Center. Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal
Conductor Wendy Hersh wears a festive menorah hat as she directs the Chabad of Santa Clarita Valley during a Chanukah celebration at the Westfield Town Center. Photo Tom Cruze/For the Signal

Every year, the community festival draws crowds of up to 700 people from the Santa Clarita Valley.

“We strongly encourage everyone to celebrate Chanukah as much as possible, to light the menorah together as a family and to attend the community events,” Marozov said.

ccox@signalscv.com
661-287-5575
On Twitter as @_ChristinaCox_

About the author

Christina Cox

Christina Cox

Christina Cox is a multimedia journalist covering education, community and breaking news in the Santa Clarita Valley. She joined The Signal as a staff writer in August 2016.