Shoppers, pedestrians, and visitors to Bethesda Row were treated to some serious holiday spirit with a passing Menorah Parade on the sixth night of Chanukah. Menorah-adorned limousines and stretch Hummers rolled down the streets of Maryland, caravan-style, filled with teens from across the region. Windows wide open and Chanukah music blaring, teens excitedly wished the passing crowd a happy Chanukah, sparkling with their Jewish and CTeen pride!
CTeen is an international Chabad organization, which has chapters across the globe in 400 cities and 19 countries. It connects Jewish teens, regardless of affiliation, to create memorable, fun learning experiences through Jewish pride. Its unique, hands-on programming provides fun education through interactive events that revolve around Jewish history and holidays.
In this region alone, CTeen has several chapters, which meet on weekly and bi-weekly bases. Chapters that participated in the parade included CTeen of Baltimore, Bethesda, Fairfax, Gaithersburg, Potomac, Rockville, and Silver Spring. Each chapter offers classes, community service activities, and always a warm, friendly, and fun environment.
This program was coordinated by the CTeen Maryland Regional Coordinator, Sarena Cohen, who works to bring all chapters together for larger events. The program culminated with a traditional Chanukah-inspired dinner, a grand teen menorah lighting, and a mind-blowing hypnosis show by hypnotist Ronnie Baras.
By Briana Naiman
Briana Naiman is a freelance writer based in Silver Spring, Maryland.