Miami Heat & Florida Panthers To Celebrate Chanukah
First Ever NBA Half Time Chanukah Show Featuring Oif Simchas & Yoni Z

The Florida Panthers and the Championship Miami Heat will once again be hosting spectacular Chanukah celebrations during the upcoming Festival of Lights.

On Tuesday, December 16, the Florida Panthers will celebrate 'Chanukah on Ice' at the BB&T Center as the Cats take on Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals.

Then, on Wednesday evening, December 17, the celebration continues with 'Jewish Heritage Night' as the Championship Miami Heat play the Utah Jazz at American Airlines Arena.

Highlighting both events will be special a performance and concert by one of Israel's most popular music stars, Yishai Lapidot and his entertaining group Oif Simchas. The highly energized band will be the featured stars in the first ever NBA Chanukah Half-Time Show on Center Court during the Heat game at American Airlines Arena.

Cantor Yossi Lebovics will open the Panthers game with the singing of the National Anthem. He will also lead a grand Menorah lighting ceremony on center ice during the first intermission.

Highly acclaimed Jewish star, Yoni Z, is flying in from New York to sing the Star Spangled Banner and sing the Menorah blessings for the Miami Heat.

Tickets for both events start at $18 and include a custom made T-shirt and many other giveaways and attractions. Glatt Kosher Food will be available for purchase.

Select children will be chosen to grace the ice and line the court to high five Dwyane Wade and the rest of the players as they enter the game and some will get to stand alongside their favorite stars as the Anthem is sung. Orquesta Kef, the klezmer band from Argentina will return for Jewish Heritage Night to entertain fans on the East Plaza as they make their way into the basketball arena.

"Thousands of Jewish fans annualy attend the annual Chanukah celebrations - Chanukah On Ice with the Florida Panthers and Jewish Heritage Night with the Miami Heat," said Rabbi Chaim Lipskar of the Shul Downtown. "With the Chanukah Half Time Show, this year'r event promises to be more exciting than ever."

"It’s amazing to see how many sporting  events have followed our lead and are now organizing Chanukah celebrations," Chabad's Rabbi Pinny Andrusier remarked. "However," the rabbi pointed out, "the Florida celebrations are second to none because of the many attractions we offer and the beautiful Menorah Lighting Ceremonies taking place on center ice and court during the actual games in front of the players and the thousands of fans in attendance."

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