Photos: Hundreds of kids building menorahs, noshing latkes at Home Depot


Bill Motchan, Special To The Jewish Light

After a two-year COVID hiatus, the Home Depot Chanukah Experience is back! On Sunday, nearly 500 kids and their family members built their own menorahs and noshed on latkes. The event, which is held by Home Depot and Chabad of Greater St. Louis, originated in St. Louis 14 years ago and is now held in Home Depot locations around the country.

Rabbi Levi Landa of Chabad of Greater St. Louis, began co-hosting a menorah workshop at Home Depot in 2008. The workshop  expanded into a mini-Hanukkah fair.

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In the first year, Home Depot employees hand-cut menorah parts out of wood at the workshop. Now, the company creates thousands of menorah kits for use at its participating stores aptly describing the experience on the trademark orange aprons the children wear as they’re working as “Building Memories.”