Chocolate-Themed Chanukah Celebration At Chabad Dec. 7

Chabad of Wellington will host a candy-filled Chanukah celebration Monday, Dec. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Chabad building (129 Sparrow Drive, Royal Palm Beach).

This year’s theme is “Chanukah in the Chocolate Factory,” a nod to the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Fun for children of all ages, and those who are children at heart, the evening will feature a chocolate menorah, chocolate dreidel molding, chocolate fondue, edible art, Chanukah gelt, latkes, donuts, face painting, balloon twisting, music, golden tickets and more. All of the activities are free, and barbecue-style food will be available for a nominal fee.

“We’re excited to have a dreidel spin-off contest with prizes,” Rabbi Mendy Muskal said.

Groups will have a dreidel spin-off, then a play-off. At the end, two finalists will compete for the top prize. The contest is open to everyone, not just children.

Three lucky attendees will also find a golden ticket within the gelt, he added.

“We’ll have a lot of chocolate around. It’ll be a lot of fun,” Muskal said. “There will be something fun for every age, even adults.”

The Jewish holiday of Chanukah takes place Dec. 6-14 this year.

The entire community is welcome to come join in for “Chanukah in the Chocolate Factory” and learn about Chabad of Wellington, which recently purchased the building on Sparrow Drive.

“We’re excited. We can’t wait for this. We hope the community will all join us,” Muskal said. “It’s a free event. We’re blessed to have people in the community who are helping us as sponsors. We’re looking to grow in the community, as we have in the past 15 years. We’re looking to continue to grow by leaps and bounds.”

If the address looks familiar, it is. The facility used to be Temple Beth Zion. More recently, Chabad of Royal Palm Beach has been operating out of the building.

“Chabad of Wellington, or the Wellington Jewish Center, and Chabad of Royal Palm, or the Royal Palm Jewish Center, are both going to be operating. We are looking to grow the greater Jewish community,” Muskal said.

The two Chabad congregations will offer more programming in the building, with several unique programs planned. A cantor from Budapest, Hungary, is scheduled to present a concert on Saturday, Jan. 23. On March 6, the congregation’s 5K for Kids Walk-a-Thon will return. Programs for children, adults and teens are going to be added to the list of programs available.

“Join us for the start of great things,” Muskal said.

For more information, or sponsorships, call Chabad of Wellington at (561) 333-4663. To be added to the mailing list, e-mail


ABOVE: Rabbi Mendy Muskal.