NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) - A California synagogue is
expressing its devotion to the environment with a larger-than-life
Temple Isaiah of Newport Beach celebrated the first night of Hanukkah on Sunday with a potato pancake about 3 feet across that was cooked in a solar-powered oven.
Rabbi Marc Rubenstein says the stunt and a related sermon he gave were designed to say "we are our brother's keeper, and we also have to take care of the Earth."
Synagogue members hope it enters record books as the largest latke ever cooked by a solar oven.
It was one of many environmental gestures made on Hanukkah by
California synagogues. Another lit candles atop a recycled menorah.
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