Jewish Congregation of Maui celebrates Chanukah

Judith Wolfe of Haiku prepares latkes Sunday evening during the Jewish Congregation of Maui’s Annual Community Chanukah Party. Working alongside Barbara Steinberg of Kihei (not pictured), Wolfe shallow-fried the potato pancakes in an electric skillet using a recipe her grandmother taught her while growing up in Hungary. “I’ve been making it for 20 years and I love it,” she said. The party was held at Beit Shalom synagogue in Kihei. The event celebrated the ending of the fourth day of Chanukah and the beginning of the fifth.

It featured a candle-lighting ceremony, a traditional Chanukah dinner, singing, games and prizes. Among the prizes were challah bread, a braided bread eaten on the Sabbath and holidays. This year, the first day of Chanukah coincided with Thanksgiving and the congregation gave out bread in the shape of a turkey. “I call it ‘challurkey,’ ” joked synagogue member Jody Glickman. Chanukah ends Thursday.

Malia Barker (from left), 12, of Paia, Aryeh Glickman, 11, of Kihei and Penina Bengershom, 12, of Kihei light a menorah during the party’s candle-lighting ceremony.