Getting A Leg-Up On Chanukah Menorahs

by Fay Kranz Greene - FREEHOLD, NJ

December 23, 2003

It took 6,000 Lego pieces, two and a half hours, 50 adult volunteers and dozens of children to build it. But when the colorful 9-foot high, 8-foot wide Menorah, constructed entirely out of Legos, was completed, it was a magical sight to behold.

"It's cool because it's humongous," said eight year old Lucas Haber of Marlboro, New Jersey as he watched the lighting of the Chabad Lego Menorah last Sunday at the Freehold Raceway Mall. Honored with lighting one of the candles, was Theodore J. Narozanick, senior member of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

Rabbi Avremi Bernstein, director of Chabad of Freehold, said that “we broke our own record this year.” Last Chanukah, Bernstein envisioned a Lego Menorah that would have a special significance and appeal to the children of his community. “It was 7-feet high” said Bernstein “and instead of coming up with a new idea this year, we decided to expand on our old one.”

Bernstein said that officials at the Guinness Book of World Records told Chabad their menorah is the largest on record, but cannot make it into the book because it does not have a Lego Menorah category.

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