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Orange County in Action

by Andrea Adelson

December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

Top, the Hebrew Academy Choir, directed by Helen kern, perform Chanukah songs at an Orange County mall.

Top, the Hebrew Academy Choir, directed by Helen kern, perform Chanukah songs at an Orange County mall.

The lights of Chanukah were kindled in numerous public settings throughout Orange County last week. In a tribute to contemporary Maccabees, Evan King, a New York firefighter, came to light the oversized menorah at Newport Beach's Fashion Island on Sunday. In other first-night celebrations, the 50-member youth choir from Congregation Beth Tikvah entertained at Yorba Linda's Richard Nixon Library, even as giant menorahs glowed near the lifeguard tower in Laguna Beach; in Laguna Niguel's Crown Valley Park; in Mission Viejo's Florence Joyner Park; and outside the Jewish Federation campus in Costa Mesa. Later in the week, more public lightings were held in the parking lot of Newport Beach's Temple Bat Yahm; at the Cerritos, Westminster and Lakewood malls, where the shoppers were treated to songs from Hebrew Academy's mall-hopping, third-grade choir; and in front of Edwards Theaters in Rancho Santa Margarita, where students of Morasha Jewish Day School sang. -- Andrea Adelson, Contributing Writer

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