Eighth Annual Rancho Santa Fe Chanukah Celebration

Thursday, Dec. 18, marked the eighth annual RSF Chanukah Celebration, which took place at The Inn at RSF. The “Frozen” Chanukah theme included ice skating with a dreidel mascot to live Chanukah music, hot latkes, jelly donuts and Chanukah s’mores (using chocolate gelt), as well as cappuccinos, applesider and hot chocolates to warm the many excited guests. Children were treated to Chanukah face paint, balloons and Chanukah crafts in the cottage, including decorating menorah Olaf snow globes and dreidel games.

Honored to light the 9-foot RSF menorah were event sponsors Dr. Bob and Mao Shillman, as well as event co-host General Manager Jerome Strack, representing The Inn. Honoring 70 years of the liberation of Aushwitz, survivor and psychologist Dr Edith Eva Eger addressed the large crowd with her words of wisdom, wit and inspiration.

‘The Chanukah celebration was more than I ever could dream of. It was truly a real celebration,” remarked long-time RSF resident Phyllis Ullman.

‘’We want to thank The Inn for opening their beautiful venue to our community and helping us create a memorable Chanukah experience on the Ranch for all!” said event coordinator Rabbi Levi Raskin of the Chabad Jewish Center of RSF.

The evening concluded with an exquisite fire show by the sensational Adrena who performed to “Miracles” by Mattisyahu and other Chanukah hits.

In Dr. Donald Ritts’ words, “It was beautiful and emotional.”

A frozen yet heartwarming Chanukah was had by all.

Chabad Jewish Center of RSF is in its eighth year of servicing the RSF community. The RSF Chanukah Celebration is one of the many programs and services the center offers to RSF residents. Other programs include the RSF Hebrew School, women’s and men’s clubs, adult education, monthly shabbat dinners (free of charge), visitations, counseling, bar and bat mitzvah classes, lectures, social events and more. This January, the center’s Jewish Learning Institute will be offering a new six-week course on the Art of Parenting, which will be open to the public. For more information, visit

Photos by McKenzie Images.