After weeks of publicity from one end of Montreal to the other and a Facebook blitz, the Grand Menorah Challenge finally came to fruition!
For almost a month children of all ages were busy gluing, building, working and putting together every kind of Menorah one could imagine. As a teacher of one of the participating schools excitedly proclaimed, “I haven’t seen my students so involved in a project in a while!”
On the second night of Chanukah over 150 excited boys and girls, together with their parents, grandparents, cousins and friends began arriving for the event at precisely 7:00 pm. The anticipation was palpable. Who would win the contest?
People walked into a large room decorated imaginatively and with great flare in a Chanukah theme. Long tables were set up with a dazzling array of different styles of Menorah’s from electric to food oriented. Children from schools across town proved that Montreal children have amazing talent.
The three judges were amazed, astounded and impressed with the originality of the Menorah’s. Judge Judy, Judge Worenklein and Judge Zvi discussed at great length which Menorah deserved to be the winner. It was not an easy task to put it mildly.
Rabbi Saul Emanuel, Director of the JCC addressed the crowd announcing that this is the first annual Menorah Challenge. “It is a Kiddush Hashem to see so many areas of our Montreal community represented, coming together for this amazing event.”
Tables were elaborately laden with donuts, latkes and Chanukah cookies. Included in the small food court was a cotton candy stand as well as the all new hit popcorn brand, Bad Monkey who set up a very impressive booth for all attendees. People were wowed by the delicious popcorn flavors.
Each child received a fun and colorful Chanukah coloring book and a special dreidel filled to the brim with nosh as well as coupons to some restaurants in town. Many prizes were raffled off and although one person won the Menorah challenge, everyone left a winner. See you at next year’s Menorah Challenge!
First Place: Hershkowitz Boys - Yeshiva Gedola of Montreal
First Place: Karmel Boys - Yeshiva Gedola of Montreal
Second Place: Sheina Bracha Ouaknin - Grade 1 Beth Rivkah
Second Place: Chaya Bernath - Grade 4 Beth Rivkah
Third Place: Gabriella and Rivka Benatar - Age 7 Hebrew Academy Montreal
Third Place: Daniel Bernholtz - Grade 1 Mesifta Reishis Chochma