S. Barbara’s FIRST EVER
Giant CAN-ORAh
to be kindled at La Cumbre Plaza

Chanukah-Ad.gifThe construction of a Giant CAN-orah is going to be the highlight of the annual Chanukah celebration at La Cumbre Plaza (December 17, 2006 at 4:30 pm). Each year Chabad and Camp Gan Israel, team up to present an exciting Chanukah program that is fun, educational and hands on.

“We are always looking for new ideas to keep the kids at the edge of their seat. The CAN-orah was perfect” said Ella Loschak of Chabad. “Chanukah is about bringing light into this world.  One can of food doesn’t seem like much, but a CAN-orah built with over 500 food cans is sure to add more light into this world.” In addition to the Giant CAN-orah, this year’s program will also feature a fire juggler who will light up the night with his incredible act, live holiday music and delicious Chanukah treats.

Participants will contribute to the CAN-orah, each family adding a can of food, and when it’s all done, special lanterns will be inserted and the Menorah will be kindled.  After the holiday the food will then be donated to the needy and hungry.

The CAN-orah wasn’t easy to design and requires over 500 food cans, but the holiday enthusiasm is not so easily deterred and “we had physics and engineering students and professors help us come up with a structurally stable CAN-orah.”

The message of Chanukah is about overcoming challenges and bringing extra light into our surroundings.  In keeping with Chanukah’s message of spreading light to everyone, the theme of this year’s Grand Can-orah lighting is: Light up the World: Help needy families by donating food; Light up the Night: Spectacular Fire Juggling Show; Light up Chanukah: Join us as we light the world’s largest CAN-orah!

The program will be held on Sunday, December 17, 2006 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm at La Cumbre Plaza in front of See’s Candies. In order to encourage people to participate in this worthy cause, admission to the event is a can of food. For more information please call Chabad at 805-683-1544.


Chanukah, is observed by the kindling of the Menorah each night of the holiday.

"In ancient times our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem with the Menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place." Chanukah also propagates the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness.

Chabad of S. Barbara joins thousands of Chabad centers across the globe that are staging similar public displays of the Menorah. From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City’s ground zero to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah.

Please CLICK HERE to donate to the CAN-orah!