Temple Beth Orr Plans First-Ever Chanukah Drive-Thru Extravaganza


Teachers and preschool students at the Kuhn Early Childhood Center rehearse for Chanukah, November 20, 2020 {photo by Jen Russon}

By: Jen Russon

Temple Beth Orr and its early childhood center members have plans to light up the night and lift community spirits by hosting a first-ever ‘Chanukah Drive-Thru Extravaganza’ in December.

Eileen Kaplan, director of the temple’s preschool, said she and her colleagues have been preparing for this event for months, knowing it’s a safe alternative for families who wish to celebrate safely during the ongoing pandemic.

“We want to bring the holiday spirit to our youngest children, our in-betweens, our young adults, fabulous 50’s and beyond,” said Kaplan.

Kaplan said teachers from the Kuhn Early Childhood Center made their costumes by hand and will be dressed up as menorahs and Maccabees, which families can see when they enter the parking lot and drive around the long temple driveway.

The drive-thru extravaganza celebrates eight days of Chanukah and its winter festival of lights. A giant dreidel, mensch on the bench, and enormous menorah are all part of the evening program, as well as the goody bags being handed out.

Temple Beth Orr staff encourage guests to deck out their cars for the holiday, adding they hope to make this new approach to celebrating Chanukah an annual tradition.

Families are urged to bring an unwrapped toy for Kids in Distress.

The extravaganza will take place on Sunday, December 13, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and is just $10 with preregistration or $15 cash the night of the event. Sign up here. Temple Beth Orr is located at 2151 Riverside Drive.

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