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Hebrew Academy’s Hanukkah Miracle

COVER_STORY_OC_1217_BannerIN CELEBRATION OF of the upcoming Hanukkah holiday, students at the Hebrew Academy are attempting to set a new Guinness World Record for baking the world’s largest potato latke. The previous record for the largest potato pancake had a diameter of 1.51 m (4 ft 11 in) and was prepared by the Coeliac Society of Ireland during Coeliac Awareness Week 2015 in Dublin, Ireland, on May 11, 2015.

The students—early childhood through middle school—will attempt to break the record this December 14th at 1:00 P.M. in the school’s “Value Circle” by preparing a potato latke seven and one half feet in diameter. It will take place at the pre-Hanukkah assembly where hundreds of students will be celebrating Hanukkah by lighting the 18-foot Menorah and at the same time enjoying donuts, chocolate and Hanukkah gelt.

The third grade choir will be providing entertainment through song and music.

The Hebrew Academy staff also will describe the process that the volunteers went through to fabricate a one-of-a-kind, 7.5-foot-long, aluminum cooking pan and propane heating system to properly bake a uniquely huge latke.

Hebrew Academy has had tremendous interest from the local media and expect the story to be covered far and wide. All local parents and community members are invited to witness this exciting event.

One of the meanings of the word Hanukkah is education and the Hebrew Academy provides the highest quality in education. There is no better place to break the previous record set than at the Hebrew Academy where students get the biggest and the best in education. The latke that was only supposed to be eaten for one day will now be big enough to last for eight days

And, the Hebrew Academy does not back down from a challenge. This year’s  attempt is actually the Hebrew Academy’s second try at accomplishing this feat. The students all gathered for a first attempt at the Guiness Book of World Records in 2016 actually. And if all goes as planned, this second attempt in 2017, will be a revised and superior product of the original. Imperfections in the first potato pancake were due to insufficient oil that was able to be maintained at a high enough temperature. In addition to using a 7.5-foot frying pan from last year, the school will be adding a more robust heating element and a lid. The previous attempt included the following ingredients: 90 pounds of potatoes, 208 large eggs, 42 cups of flour, 84 teaspoons of salt and 30 teaspoons of pepper, onions and 35 gallons of canola oil. This attempt will include nearly double the amount of oil and potatoes and an increase in many of the other ingredients as well. Not only will this be the largest potato pancake, but it will likely be the heaviest. At the conclusion, the pancake will be cut up and distributed to the community, social workers and students.  The Hanukkah ceremony starts at 1:00 P.M.  and continues until dismissal at 2:00 P.M.. We encourage you to come and witness this one-of-a-kind event. Happy Hanukkah to all!!


Event Details 

Don’t miss all the fun and festivities. It is a great way to kick-off the winter holiday spirit.

WHEN:  THURSDAY, December 14 at 1:00 PM 

WHERE: Hebrew Academy
14401 Willow Ln,
Huntington Beach, CA 

The Hanukkah ceremony starts at 1:00 PM and continues until dismissal at 2:00 PM.

For more information and to purchase tickets please visit
please visit www.hebrewacademypreschool.org or call (714) 898-0051.

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