Just in time for the holiday season, EverBlock founder and president Arnon Rosan and colleague Ben Mackrell headed for Washington DC to assist in the resurrection of the 17 feet tall candelabra in front of the National Synagogue.
Though this may look like a Menorah to most people, the giant modular construction is technically called a “Chanukiah” because it has 8 candle holders PLUS the slightly taller center candle called the “Shamash,” which is traditionally used to light the other 8 candles on their respective nights during Chanukah.
After a couple of dry runs at the EverBlock factory in the Bronx, NY, the team was ready to recreate the oversized modular work of art on the steps of the National Synagogue.
They had an assembly of help as children from the Jewish Primary Day School, led by Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, came to participate in the building project. It was a fun, educational, and meaningful project for the kids to take part in and the team was more than glad to have the extra, tiny sets of hands passing blocks up, up, and up as they built to the top!
Reinforced throughout with wooden dowels for added strength and built with a substantial interlocking base, the structural integrity of the Chanukiah is ready for all types of whatever December weather Washington DC can to throw at it.
Head to the National Synagogue, Ohev Sholom to see this incredible structure on display now throughout the Chanukah season. 1600 Jonquil St NW, Washington, DC 20012 and be sure to keep up with all their news here: http://ostt.org/