Briefly In Religion

Surfboard menorah to be lit

Chabad Jewish Center will light a surfboard menorah at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at Laguna’s Main Beach cobblestones for Hanukkah. The celebration includes live Israeli music with Jimmy Gamliel and friends, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, cookie decorating, fillable dreidel sand art, face painting, chocolate gelt and latkes.

The surfboard menorah was constructed of old, damaged, unusable surf boards donated by Laguna Beach friends and congregants.

The menorah was designed by Steve Sasche, who took the project under his wing and shared the idea with local contractors Mike Thomkins and Tony Hempen who put it all together.


“Our Main Beach Hanukkah display needed a new twist after all these years," said Rabbi Eli Goorevitch, spiritual leader of the Chabad Jewish Center. For more information, call (949) 499-0770.

Chabad sponsors toy drive

Staff and students at Chabad Jewish Center are collecting new toys (in original packaging) to benefit the children of Chai Lifeline "” an international health support organization that provides emotional, social, and financial assistance to seriously ill children and their families "” and they are inviting the community to help.

Toys may be dropped off at Chabad Jewish Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The center is at 30804 S. Coast Hwy.


Toys will be delivered to the Chai Lifeline office in Los Angeles in time for the Hanukkah holiday.

For more information about Chai Lifeline, visit To contact Chabad, call (949) 499-0770.