WEST HARTFORD — Israeli superstar Gad Elbaz, currently the most recognized name in Jewish music worldwide, will rock the stage at Blue Back square together with hundreds of residents, kicking off the holiday of Chanukah on Sunday, December 22, starting at 4 p.m. They will watch a master ice-carver sculpt a giant Menorah from a raw block of ice, at what has become one of West Hartford’s mega events, and the largest Chanukah celebration in the state.

The unique experience, part of the annual “Fire on Ice” celebration at Blue Back Square in West Hartford, (held annually on the first Sunday of Chanukah) this year, marks the first night of the Chanukah festival. The super-sized Ice Menorah will be lit as part of the free event, hosted by Chabad of Greater Hartford.

“The purpose of this event is to bring the community together for Chanukah,” said Rabbi Shaya Gopin, educational director at Chabad. “Chanukah is a holiday of light and freedom, where few overcame the many, and light triumphed over darkness,” he said.

“Especially in recent months where we’ve see heightened anti-Semitism, we need to strengthen our Jewish pride and spread light and goodness to combat this darkness. This event demonstrates this a most powerful way!” He emphasizes that this event is free of charge and open to all, young and old.

“Fire on Ice” will be held on Sunday, Dec. 22 (the first night of Chanukah) at 4 p.m. The celebration will be held at Blue Back Square in West Hartford (near Barnes & Noble). “We invite the entire community to participate in this uplifting event,” said the Rabbi.

Special highlights this year are:

A live concert by Israeli superstar Gad Elbaz, currently the most recognized name in Jewish music worldwide, with millions of hits on his YouTube music videos. Through his soulful and contemporary sound, Gad has brought Jewish music to a new level, and continues to serve as a role model to his many fans.

At the peak of the celebration will be the “Great Chanukah Gelt Drop” together with the WH Fire Dept. Fire fighters of the WHFD will sprinkle chocolate coins from the top of the extended ladder of the Fire Truck. Children of all ages can collect the many coins as it “rains” down from above!

New! First ever Virtual Reality Chanukah Experience!

Chanukah Menorah Contest. Children (up to age 13) are encouraged to create a personally designed Chanukah Menorah, the winner will receive a Fuji Instax camera. All entrants (must be present) with their Menorah receive an Amazon gift card! Menorahs will be displayed at Blue Back.

In addition, the program will feature:

Trackless Train

Hot drinks by Starbucks

Food for sale

Free Raffles and prizes

Arts and crafts

Glow-in-the-dark face painting

Fresh Hot Fried Doughnuts & Latkes

Activities for all ages.

Heaters and tents will be set up for the event, and delicious Kosher food will be available for sale.

Gad is an Israeli Superstar who is currently the most recognized name and face in Jewish music world wide. With millions of hits on his YouTube music videos, Through his soulful and contemporary sound, Gad has brought Jewish music to a new level, and continues to serve as a role model to his many fans.

Gad began to sing and write music at age four. He first appeared with his father Benny Elbaz, a popular Israeli singer, accompanying him on the hit song “Father I Love You.” Gad is featured on four CD’s with his father and later broke out as a solo artist recording five albums of his own.His top five singles on the Jewish music charts are “Halayla Zeh Hazman,” “Or” “Hashem Melech” and “Al Neharot Bavel” and “Hava Nagila”.

Gad’s music intentionally captures the listener by mixing original and biblical texts with ballads, harmonies, middle-eastern rhythms and modern pop. Many of the songs are a collaboration between him and his wife Moran, where he composes the music and she writes the lyrics.

For more information regarding “Fire on Ice,” call (860) 232-1116 or log on to www.ChabadHartford.com.

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