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Chanukah Fest 2015 at the JCC

December 15, 2015

Photos by Diane Joy Schmidt

The JCC’s Phyllis Wolf, Dave Simon, and Cathy Driscoll pose with the last of the latkes

Latke judge and JCC Director Dave Simon reports that daughter Katie Simon, 16, won in the Classic latke category, beating out Paula Amar Schwartz, who thanked him anyways, and that Hannah Arlette, with Green Chile Cheese latkes, tied with Holly Huber, with Southern Latkes with Texas Salsa, in the Specialty Latke category.

The APD officers on guard outside said they were quite stuffed as Dave Simon and others brought them plates of latkes, with sour cream and applesauce, and they each had 5, at least. The other latke judges were Beth Rosenstein and David Buchholtz. 

Ian helps out at the booth for Kessler Works Books – Books Kids Love.

Esther Geller shows her jewelry, Estera Design.

Mel and Pauline Eisenstadt show Mel’s  jewelry 

Congregation Albert Sisterhood Gift Shop volunteers

Gila Yaniv and Paula Amar Schwartz, New Mexico Jewish Historical Society

Debbie Seely and Evie Zlotkin, Hadassah

Ruth Rosenstein, owner, Rhubarb and Elliott, and mother Beth Rosenstein

 Taina and Zach Benjamin talk with Harris Balkin

Congregation Albert’s Cantor Barbara Finn, Natalie Gurule and Art Hayden

Susan Abonyi, JCC

Samara Patruznick, Assistance Dogs of the West 

Uri Mandelbaum, Amanda Hagerty, and Deborah Albrycht
at the Jewish Federation of New Mexico table

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