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Celebration of Hanukkah at Menorah Park Center for Senior Living;

After a pleasant visit with our family in Los Angeles, we returned to Cleveland on Monday, December 26th. We were not sure that there would be too many events to attend between Christmas and New Years but we did find several that looked very attractive.

One of these was a community celebration of Hanukkah that took place on Tuesday, December 27th, at the Menorah Park Center for Senior Living on Cedar Road in Beachwood which was put together by Rabbi Abraham Cohen, Director of Spiritual Living and a member of the United States Air Force Chaplain Corps, with the help of such people as Ms. Vicki Snyder, Director of Volunteer Services, and Ms. Beth Silver, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, who were all very happy to greet us and show us around.

Ms. Silver told us that the Center has been "a part of the tapestry of Cleveland" for 110 years now and this day's celebration was its way of sharing the special time of Hanukkah with the broader community.

Organizations that tabled there included the Western Reserve Historical Society and the Temple Tifereth-Israel Hartzmark Center for Jewish Art, Religion and Culture as well as several families who brought some personal treasures pertaining to Hanukkah and their Jewish heritage to share with others. One of these people was Ms. Marsha Krieger who, upon learning that we worked for Margaret W. Wong and Associates, talked to us about her great aunt who immigrated to the United States from Hungary in the early part of the 20th Century and paved the way for the rest of the family to come here. Ms. Krieger's well-documented family history fascinated us so we visited with her for a long time and got to meet her daughter, Ms. Courtney Krieger who works for the Maltz Museum.

Then it was time for some entertainment which was provided by Mr. Steve Ostrow who played some wonderful Jewish songs via the violin, trumpet, trombone, and accordion. He was a very multi-talented man and being in his presence was a fun experience for everyone there.

Then we moved to another room for a special performance of the Horvitz YouthAbility Program of the JFSA which, as the notes we were given stated, "serves disabled and at-risk teens and young adults by engaging them in volunteerism." All told, it encourages those taking part "to help themselves by helping others."

Their presentation was titled "Teamwork Wins! Together Everyone Achieves More" and made use of colorful banners, songs, and chants to emphasize the value of teamwork. In the course of the program, they cited the 2010 Chilean mine entrapment and the 1970 Apollo 13 malfunction as examples of how people have successfully worked together in the form of a team to save lives.

We were really impressed about how the participants in the YouthAbility program interacted to put on this program and the other important things that they have accomplished through teamwork which have included building park trails, planting gardens, delivering lunches, helping the homeless, and assisting Holocaust survivors.


As the notes stated, "we have created smiles, friendships, and inspiration!" which should be included in our own goals for the upcoming new year of 2017.


Michael Patterson

Community Liaison,

Margaret W. Wong & Assoc. Co., LLC


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