Belmont Village in Scottsdale AZ gave its Jewish residents a Hanukkah gift that keeps on giving: Mezuzahs for their doorposts. Residents were presented with traditional ornate Mezuzahs at a dinner party celebrating the first night of Hanukkah that also included Latkes, Matzah ball soup and a menorah lighting. Bernie Makowsky told the story of Hanukkah after the blessing over the candles.
Rabbi Mendy Levertov of Chabad of North Phoenix planned to return to Belmont Village the following week to assist residents who want to affix a Mezuzah on their doorpost.
Levertov’s wife, Leah, and their children also planned to add to the celebration by singing Hanukkah songs.
Belmont Village, which has 138 apartments, opened in February of this year and approximately 25 percent of its residents are Jewish, according to Executive Director Tim Cowen. To ensure residents feel comfortable and share in a sense of community in their new home, Mezuzahs will be provided for all future Jewish residents.