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Giant menorah will be lit Wednesday in park

The Chabad Jewish Center of Ridgefield has invited the entire community to celebrate the Festival of Lights at a public Menorah lighting ceremony   begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Ballard Park.

A seven-foot menorah will be lighted, followed by music, hot latkes, and apple cider.

“People of all ages will enjoy singing traditional Chanukah songs like “Rock of Ages” and “The Dreidel Song,” Rabbi Sholom Deitsch said.

Public dignitaries and community leaders will attend the ceremony and will assist in kindling the giant “Menorah of Freedom.” Following the kindling, the program will feature live music, hot latkes, Judah the Macabee and more.

Chanukah is highlighted by the kindling of the menorah each night of the holiday.

“It is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition” said Rabbi Deitsch, director of the Chabad Jewish Center. “In ancient times our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem with the menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place.”

Chanukah also propagates the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness, he said.

In its Chanukah outreach campaign, Chabad of Ridgefield is joining thousands of communities across the globe that are staging similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights.

“From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City’s ground zero to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah!” the rabbi said.

For more information, contact the Chabad Jewish Center at 203-748-4421.

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  • Kirk

    The Press has a short memory … there was a great debate a few years ago about a Christmas display traditionally set up on Town property … the Community Center … the town removed it and it now stands on the Knights of Columbus property across from the Catholic Church. Yet a 7 foot menorah can be set up, displayed, and illuminated in Ballard Park. A double standard??

    I can only imagine who would come out of the bushes howling complaints if a 7 foot cross was illuminated and displayed on even the remotest piece of town property.

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