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Photos: Chanukah on Ice at Pentagon Row

by ARLnow.com December 10, 2012 at 10:15 am 3,528 25 Comments

Chabad Lubavitch of Alexandria-Arlington held its annual Chanukah on Ice celebration at Pentagon Row Sunday night.

The event included ice skating, kosher hot dogs, hot latkes, a free raffle and a figure skating performance. There was also a ceremonial Menorah lighting.

Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz joined Rabbi Mordechai Newman for the lighting, which was hampered by a brief period of driving rain. Despite valiant efforts at keeping the Menorah lit, the flames were inevitably extinguished by the rain.

“This is what happens to fire when I’m around,” quipped Chief Schwartz.

  • Mrmeow

    Why wasn’t I informed of this sooner???

    • drax

      Judging from the size of the crowd in the photos, not many people were informed sooner.

    • Glebe Roader

      Don’t say you weren’t notified of the Menorah lighting tonight. See below.

      Chanukah Festival
      Experience the festival of lights

      Win A free 7″ Tablet!!

      Come and share in the spirit
      and Joy of Chanukah at
      The Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting in
      Old Town Alexandria

      The Crowne Plaza Hotel
      901 N Fairfax Street
      Alexandria, VA 22314

      Monday, December 10, 6:30 PM

      Lighting of a giant Menorah by Community Leaders and Dignitaries

      Free raffle for a 7″ Tablet

      Free light stick for every child
      Enjoy delicious hot Potato Latkes
      Chocolate Gelt and Dreidels for all
      Lively Chanukah music

      • drax

        I wasn’t notified of the…oh, wait, you told me not to say that.

      • Oz

        Glebe Rd – this article is talking about an event at Pentagon Row, not in Old Town.

        • Glebe Roader

          Oz – I know this article was about the Chanukah on Ice event at Pentagon Row. Mrmeow (novasteve) then asked why he wasn’t notified of this Chanukah event sooner. So, I thought I would be proactive and notify him in advance of another Chanukah event sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch.

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      Happy Chanukah

  • novasteve

    I recognize the fire chief. He kinda looks like the doctor from the love boat.

    • HoyaSaxa

      He is also the HC of the Detroit Lions.

  • 1RLI

    “’This is what happens to fire when I’m around,’” quipped Chief Schwartz.” Great comment.

    Sorry I missed the kosher hot dogs. Love those Hebrew Nationals!

    • RG3Knee

      The cheeseburger is pretty suspect…

      • sunflower

        soy cheese?

        • drax

          Oy! cheese.

          • novasteve

            I’m offended!

  • Louise

    Funny Fire Chief. I love it. Happy Chanukah!

  • Chris M.

    Please don’t refer to it as a Menorah. It’s a holiday candle holder. Let’s be sensitive folks.

    • novasteve

      It’s a Channukia, a special type of menorah. But I like your humor. I often ask people, who call a christmas tree a “holiday tree”. To which holiday does “holiday” refer to, and if they dare answer, I say then why just not call it by the name of that holiday?

      • drax

        I’m not afraid to say it – it’s a Chrismahanukwanzakah tree.

      • sunflower

        saturnalia fir doesnt have the same ring…

        • Mike

          saturnalia fir can be controversial too – some people think “fir is murder”

          • drax

            You are awarded 1/4th FREDTERP.

  • novasteve

    Where is the Arlington/Alexandria Chabbad house anyways? Used to spend a lot of time at the one in Rockville growing up.

    • Glebe Roader

      5140 Leesburg Pike
      Alexandria, VA 22302

      • novasteve



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