Chanukah Family Fun
Mallory Lewis brings her
music and puppets to
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nests at a multigenerational Chanukah concert at Congregation Shaarey Zedek
in Southfield sang, clapped and enjoyed a musical, comedic, interactive perfor-
mance by Emmy Award-winning entertainer Mallory Lewis.
A giant menorah was lit and Lewis sang Chanukah songs, including one written by
her cantor in Malibu, Calif. "The parents and grandparents all grew up with her mother
[puppeteer and children's entertainer Shari Lewis]," said Shaarey Zedek program direc-
tor Tobye Bello. "It was incredible for them to now share Lamb Chop [Shari Lewis' pup-
pet, who accompanied Mallory] and memories of their own childhoods."
The Dec. 3 concert, which drew an audience of 400, was co-sponsored by the syna-
gogue's Cultural Connection and Musical Renaissance Elite Concert Series Fund.
"At the end, Mallory played a beautiful tribute video montage of her mother and the
last song she wrote and performed several weeks before she died," Bello said. "And fol-
lowing the concert, Mallory and Lamb Chop signed autographs for over an hour!"
Shaarey Zedek Rabbi Joseph Krakoff,
Reena Herschfus, 4, enjoys the
with Ella Dines, 21 months, of Keego
Harbor, claps along with Mallory Lewis
show with her mom, Leslee, of West
and some of the younger concert-goers.
Mallory Lewis with her puppet friend, baby orangutan Zoey
Shir Tikvah Lights Up Chanukah!
ore than 100 children and parents or guardians from the Congregation Shir
Tikvah Sam and Jean Frankel Family Education Program gathered together
Dec. 16 for "Shir Tikvah Lights Up the Night" at Pump It Up in Auburn Hills.
The evening began with Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg and Rabbi Aaron Starr of the Troy
synagogue leading the families in a moving Havdalah ceremony. Then they were joined
by Gail Greenberg, family education music specialist, in singing Chanukah songs and
lighting the chanukiot (Chanukah menorot).
Greenberg shared her family's 250-year-old chanukiah, originally from Galicia, Poland.
Originating with Greenberg's great-great grandfather, Rabbi Jacob Bachrach, the silver
oil chanukiah has been passed down for generations.
The Shir Tikvah families spent the rest of the evening laughing and playing on giant
interactive inflatable play structures. The evening ended with a feast of doughnuts
in honor of Chanukah. 1_
Rabbi Arnie Sleutelberg and Dr. Joel Hack of West Bloomfield light Chanukiot.
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