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Allen Marmor, 57, of Oceanside, brought his 11-year-old (Credit: Amanda Douville)

Allen Marmor, 57, of Oceanside, brought his 11-year-old pug Chester to the annual pet blessing ceremony at the Oceanside Jewish Center. Chester was blessed and given the Hebrew name Chava. (Oct. 07, 2012)

Blessing of the pets

More than a dozen dogs, a few stuffed toy animals and a tortoise were brought to the Oceanside Jewish Center on Sunday for the third annual service for the blessing of the pets. Every year during Sukkot, the weeklong Jewish biblical holiday of thanks, Rabbi Mark B. Greenspan organizes the annual pet blessing.

Rabbi Mark B. Greenspan leads the service for
(Credit: Amanda Douville)

Rabbi Mark B. Greenspan leads the service for the blessing of pets at the Oceanside Jewish Center. He has been leading the pet blessing service for three years now during the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. (Oct. 07, 2012)

The sukkah at the Oceanside Jewish Center normally
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The sukkah at the Oceanside Jewish Center normally is where the annual pet blessing takes place if it is not raining. A sukkah is a temporary hut that is built and used during the weeklong Jewish holiday of Sukkot. (Oct. 07, 2012)

Allen Marmor, 57, of Oceanside, brought his 11-year-old
(Credit: Amanda Douville)

Allen Marmor, 57, of Oceanside, brought his 11-year-old pug Chester to the annual pet blessing ceremony at the Oceanside Jewish Center. Chester was blessed and given the Hebrew name Chava. (Oct. 07, 2012)

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Rabbi Mark B. Greenspan sits with Maryn Ascher,
(Credit: Amanda Douville)

Rabbi Mark B. Greenspan sits with Maryn Ascher, 8, of Long Beach, as he signs a certificate officially blessing her pink stuffed toy cat. Anyone in the community was welcome to come to the annual blessing of the pets service at the Oceanside Jewish Center and bring either a pet or stuffed toy animal. (Oct. 07, 2012)

Members of the Oceanside Jewish Center follow along
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Members of the Oceanside Jewish Center follow along with Rabbi Mark B. Greenspan led the annual blessing of the pets service. (Oct. 07, 2012)

Liora Brown, 4, left, and Gabriel Brown, 2,
(Credit: Amanda Douville)

Liora Brown, 4, left, and Gabriel Brown, 2, both from Long Beach, listen as Rabbi Mark B. Greenspan blesses their four Star Trek teddy bears, giving each of them a Hebrew name at the annual blessing of the pets at the Oceanside Jewish Center. (Oct. 07, 2012)

Rabbi Mark B. Greenspan greets Antonia, an almost
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Rabbi Mark B. Greenspan greets Antonia, an almost 80-year-old tortoise that was brought to the annual blessing of the pets at the Oceanside Jewish Center. (Oct. 07, 2012)

Noodle Sion, a 7-year-old schnoodle, was one of
(Credit: Amanda Douville)

Noodle Sion, a 7-year-old schnoodle, was one of more than a dozen dogs that were brought in for the annual blessing of the pets at the Oceanside Jewish Center. (Oct. 07, 2012)

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