Oh Hanukkah, Oh Hanukkah: Come Light the Menorah at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea

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Four Seasons Maui welcomes back Rabbi Arnold Rachlis and Cantor Ruti Braier to lead guests in the celebration starting on December 12

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“We are pleased to welcome back Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier who will again lead our guests and community residents through truly memorable evening events that are part of our Festival of Lights program,” says Jean Claude Wietzel, general manager, Four Seasons Resort Maui.

Four Seasons Resort Maui, the island’s only Forbes five star resort, has announced this year’s Hanukkah celebration to be led once again by Rabbi Arnold Rachlis and Cantor Ruti Braier of University Synagogue, Irvine CA from December 12 -20.

The lively Hanukkah holiday program will include a nightly sundown candle lighting ceremony and will feature music played on guitar and sung by Cantor Braier; games, holiday storytelling, a latke demonstration by Four Seasons Executive Chef Craig Dryhurst; and a Shabbat dinner choreographed by Israeli-born Chef Peleg Miron of Spago, Maui.

“We are pleased to welcome back Rabbi Rachlis and Cantor Braier who will again lead our guests and community residents through truly memorable evening events that are part of our Festival of Lights program,” says Jean Claude Wietzel, general manager, Four Seasons Resort Maui. He adds that this dynamic husband-and-wife team will bring a modern interpretation to understanding this ancient holiday which is steeped in tradition and symbolizes religious freedom.

Rabbi Rachlis, a dynamic teacher and leader with a deep commitment to his congregants and to those he reaches through his role is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University’s Graduate Department of Religion, and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He has taught at the college level and his scholarly and popular articles can be found in a variety of publications. Rabbi Rachlis has served as Chair of Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger, and as president of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association.

The melodious voice of Cantor Ruti Braier has served as the musical inspiration for University Synagogue since 1995. Born in Argentina, she has lived in Israel and moved to Southern California in 1982, studied Judaica at Midrasha L’morim, affiliated with Tel Aviv University. In addition to being the beloved voice and cantor for University Synagogue, Irvine, one of the largest Reconstructionist synagogues in the U.S., she has also toured as the lead singer of two musical rock groups in Argentina – “Shachar” and “Manginot Bashira” – and was a finalist on television’s “International Star Search.” All this points to a fun and festive holiday at the resort.

Reservations for the Shabbat Dinner at Spago and more information on this year’s Hanukkah festivities from December 12-20 are available by calling (808) 874-8000.

About Four Seasons Resort Maui: Maui's first and only Forbes Five-Star resort is nestled on 15 acres of the breathtaking Wailea Coast.  The 380-room oceanfront property is world-renowned for its comfortable opulence, impeccable service, luxurious amenities and for living in harmony with its environment and community.  A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Famer, the resort in Maui is also home to one of the nation's top-rated spas committed to wellness and three of Hawaii's most acclaimed restaurants—Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante, Spago Maui and DUO, a premium steak and seafood restaurant. This sophisticated home away from home caters to the needs and interests of all generations—offering world-class activities with no Resort fee and one-of-a-kind Unforgettable Events, a museum quality art collection, three pools overlooking the azure-blue Pacific Ocean including an adults-only Serenity Pool with exclusive Missoni-designed cabanas, and more.  Four Seasons Resort Maui is a Hawaiian vacation destination geared to action adventurers, those guests wishing to practice the fine art of doing nothing at all, and everyone in between.    
         
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