An overflow crowd of 10,000 men, women and children gathered in the eluxe outdoor theater at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Florida on Tuesday evening to participate in the 28th Annual South Florida Chasidic Chanukah Festival.
Sponsored by Chabad of South Broward, the festival has long laid claim to being the world's largest Chanukah Festival.
The crowds streaming to the event were so large that, "We had to plead with the sheriff to use his authority to convince the local security and Hallandale Police, to keep the gates open," said Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus, Chabad of of South Broward's executive vice president.
Kinderlach, a charming boy's choir from Jerusalem, had the audience swaying to the beat as they transfixed the audience with their upbeat lyrics, vibrant costumes and choreographed dancing.
The lighting of Florida's largest menorah was an awe inspiring sight, gleaming against the star studded sky, with the candles lit by the elected officials, Jewish community leaders and individuals who helped sponsor the evening.
Six year old child prodigy, Ethan Bortnick, captivated the crowd with his inimitable rendition of Mozart, a few Chanukah numbers and his original compositions.
A highlight of the program was the #1 superstar of Jewish Music, Avraham Fried, who uplifted, inspired and enthralled the thousands of guests with his singing.
With an upgrade in both venue and entertainment, the festival did more than merely entertain the attendees. It inspired.