Embracing the “hole-iness” of the menorah

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One synagogue in Montgomery County is embracing the natural “hole-iness” of the bagel this holiday.

The Chabad of Bethesda unveiled its “bagel-norah” on Bethesda Row Thursday evening.

The ten-foot-tall menorah is created with hundreds of bagels, from cinnamon raisin to pumpernickel and poppy seed.

Rabbi Sender Geisinsky said this is the seventh year he’s put a creative spin on the menorah.

Hundreds of people visited the giant creation for snacks, performances and the lighting of the sixth candle.

“Now, we could either just light a menorah, or we could do something that is out of the box, creative and fun, because that will bring out more people, which is the point,” said Rabbi Sender Geisinsky, Chabad of Bethesda.  “We want more people to know about it and more people to feel the message.”

The bagels will be donated to a local food bank and to members of the Chabad.

In previous years, the Chabad of Bethesda has built menorahs with jellybeans, toys and ice.

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