Jewish Bedtime Story Co-op

Based on stories the made the news in December, 1997.

Once upon a time there was a young Jewish girl named Mallory.

Mallory was in the fourth grade and visited Manhattan Island in New York City often to see her grandmother. Manhattan Island was one of five boroughs, or towns, that made up New York City. Manhattan Island was surrounded by the Hudson and East Rivers, New Jersey, The Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and the Statue of Liberty.

In the middle of the island of Manhattan were super-tall buildings, many more than 100 stories high. One of these buildings was called the Empire State Building which was 102 stories high. It was built and opened in 1931, and is 1,472 feet (448 meters) tall.

Each evening, the managers of the Empire State Building ( would light the top of the skyscraper with different colored lights for all New Yorkers to see. On Halloween, the Empire State Building glowed pumpkin-orange; on Frank Sinatra's birthday, the building shined light blue, because Frank Sinatra has light blue eyes; on Martin Luther King day, the building was flooded with red, black, and green stripes.

There were many other colors, too. Green for St. Patricks Day; Red White and Blue for United States holidays, like the Fourth of July; Red for Valentine's Day; Blue white and blue for Israeli Independence Day; Red and white for Pulaski Day; and Green white and orange for Indian Independence Day.

In late December each year, the Empire State Building was lit in red and green for the Christmas holiday season.

Well one night, while driving home from her grandmother's, Mallory looked up at the Empire State Building and imagined what it could look like if it was a giant, glowing Hanuka candle. She thought that it should be lit a different color, maybe blue, for Hanuka.

She talked to her parents and teachers about her idea, and decided to write a letter to the managers of the Empire State Building. The managers were in charge of deciding what colors to light the building.

The managers of the building sent Mallory back a very nice letter. But although the letter was printed on nice paper, the answer to Mallory's request was, "No."

So then Mallory decided to write a letter to the owner of the building. The owner read Mallory's letter, and said, "Yes, Mallory, you are correct. We should light the building a different color on the first night of Hanuka."

So in 1997, Mallory was invited to flip the switch, lighting up the building on the first night of Hanuka in royal blue. Mallory was also featured on television and in magazines. Mallory learned that even if you are in the fourth grade, if you have a good idea and you talk it over with your parents and teachers, you can change the way things are done. -- Revised: July 1999
Copyright © 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 Acquired in August 1999.

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