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November 21, 2014  RSS feed
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Community invited to help build 8-foot Lego menorah

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, and PJ Library will sponsor a communitywide project to build an 8-foot menorah out of Legos.

The Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg and Philip Benjamin Tower are partnering with the Federation on the project.

“The candles of the menorah are much like our community. Each candle seems to stand on its own, burning at its own rate. However they all share a common root – the menorah,” said Elana Gootson, Jewish Federation’s director of development. “We want to celebrate our shared history through the building of an epic scale Lego menorah.” A communitywide build day will take place at Philip Benjamin Tower, 250 58th St. N., St. Petersburg, on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 12:30 p.m. Builders of all ages are welcome. Organizers want this to be a multi-generational program, encouraging families with young children and teens to join-in along with residents of the seniors’ apartment complex.

Besides building the menorah, there will be free-build Lego areas where participants can construct whatever inspires them as well as areas for other Jewish holiday crafts.

A kosher lunch, provided by Chabad of St. Petersburg, will be served at the build day program. There is no charge to attend.

The Lego menorah will remain at Benjamin Tower until the first night of Hanukkah, Dec. 16, when it will be transported to South Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg for Chabad of Greater St. Petersburg’s annual Hanukkah celebration. Afterward, it will be returned to Benjamin Tower for the balance of the eight-day Festival of Lights holiday.

The organizers say they expect the Lego menorah will be transported in large pieces. They say there are also ways to reinforce the completed menorah so it will stay together, although there are no plans to glue the pieces together.

The Lego menorah will require approximately 5,000 Duplo bricks. Duplo, made by Lego, are larger sized bricks recommended for children under age 5.

The Lego menorah committee is asking for donations of Duplo bricks from families whose children have outgrown them.

As of press time, the committee had amassed more than 1,500 Duplo bricks, mostly used bricks purchased in bulk at low prices.

After Hanukkah, the Legos will be donated, to needy children, local Jewish organizations and possibly Israel.

The project will be facilitated by Simon Boses, a local S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology,

Engineering, Math) educator who has a Lego and robotics company called Make Time.

“This is a fantastic event for both the family and the community. Legos and Hanukkah are very much alike, in that they both appeal to the child in us. We are bringing them together. We provide the Legos and the community provides the builders,” Boses said.

For more information on donating bricks or becoming a volunteer builder, call the Jewish Federation office at (727) 530-3223.

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