LAKEWOOD RANCH -- This year, Chanukah and Thanksgiving will be celebrated together.
Chabad will celebrate "A Thanksgiving Chanukah" at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27.
A Menorah made from cans of food will be lit at Lakewood Ranch Main Street. Rabbi Mendy Bukiet and local dignitaries will join the lighting ceremony to share greetings.
The Can Food Menorah is being organized, built and donated by Chabad Bradenton & Lakewood Ranch.
"The CAN-orah is perfect," said Bukiet. "Chanukah is about bringing light into this world. A menorah built with food cans is sure to add more light into our world."
After assembling the menorah, candles will be placed on top and the Menorah will be kindled.
The message of Chanukah is about overcoming challenges
and bringing extra light into our surrounding, Bukiet said in a press release. In keeping with Chanukah's message of spreading light to everyone, Chabad will donate all food cans to All Faiths Food Bank for Thanksgiving.
Help needy families by donating food. Participate by giving canned food, which will be used to assemble the Menorah. Bring cans to the Chanukah event on Main Street or to the Chabad House at 5712 Lorraine Road prior to the event.
The Extreme Team, a stunt acrobatic team, will perform fire-breathing, tumbling and trampoline acts.
Food from Delicious Creations and Falafel with Yoav will be available. Admission is free. Sponsorships are available for $500.
Other highlights will include design your own dreidel, doughnut decorating, meet Judah Maccabee, hot latkes, live music and raffles.