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Human menorah to set record, help local seniors

Voice staff

How many people does it take to set a record for the world’s largest human menorah?

The answer will be revealed on Sunday Oct. 18 when hundreds gather to participate in Menorah Mania, a first-ever campaign to create the world’s largest human menorah on the grounds of the Jewish Federation Annex, 1721 Springdale Rd., in Cherry Hill.

The brainchild of the Jewish Federation Housing Associates, Menorah Mania is not only about putting Jewish South Jersey into the Guinness Book of World Records. Funds raised will benefit the 375 residents of Jewish Federation Housing, including the Saltzman House, Bernard Dubin House and Gesher House, all Jewish Federation Senior Housing buildings located in Cherry Hill.

“We are looking to create an event that can truly bring people of all ages together to support seniors,” said Glenn Sloves, Housing Associates president. “What could be more fun than setting a Guinness world record and supporting a great cause? It’s a win/win for all involved.”

The event will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., rain or shine. Participants are asked to contribute $10 per adult and $5 for children (age 12 and under) to support the fundraiser. In addition, there will be food trucks, entertainment and an award for the largest team.

Local synagogues and Jewish groups will be helping to spread the word and encourage families to head over to the Annex after Sunday school ends, said Alison Platt-Tarnopol, association immediate past president.

But really, how many people does it take to make the record? In doing her due diligence, Platt- Tarnopol discovered that Guinness does not, as of yet, have a record for a human menorah. The goal is to recruit about 500 people so that the Oct. 18 record will not be easy to break, she said.

“I’m confident we can do this,” she said. “People are really starting to embrace it.”

Cherry Hill resident Allan Kleinman can be counted among the many excited to participate in the human menorah.

“I can’t say I have ever done anything like this,” said Kleinman, whose mother-inlaw, Thelma Lippin, is a resident of the Saltzman House. “The appeal is being part of something fun that will help out my Jewish community.”

Funds raised are used to create special programs and events to enhance the quality of life for the senior residents, such as computer classes, physical and mental exercise activities, holiday celebrations, musical entertainers, Shabbat dinners, and local trips. The goal is to raise $30,000, said Platt-Tarnopol.

Pre-registration is required and available online at https://www.jshhs.org/content/menorah-mania. Sponsorship opportunities are also available as well as related benefits, which are all tax deductible.

For more information, call (856) 667-6826, ext. 1. .

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