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Menorah to be lit at Richmond City Hall

The Festival of Lights is nearly upon us, and for some that comes with fond memories of childhood and a sense of renewal.

Chanukah begins Saturday, Dec. 8—and its lights are symbols of warmth, joy, strength and inspiration. On Friday, Dec. 7, the local Jewish community will share that with the community by lighting a menorah at Richmond City Hall.

Chabad of Richmond, a Jewish resource and learning centre, will place a 2.4-metre (eight-foot) menorah in city hall’s galleria throughout the Chanukah celebration from Dec. 8 to 16.

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 Yechiel Baitelman, director of Chabad. “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 publicizes the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness.

In its Chanukah outreach campaign, Chabad of Richmond joins thousands of Chabad centres across the globe that are staging similar public displays of the menorah and its symbolic lights.

From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, Parliament Hill to the White House lawn, the B.C. Legislature to Richmond, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad.

Chabad Richmond will also host a Chanukah Skate at the Richmond Olympic Oval, 6111 River Rd., on Saturday, Dec. 8 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For more information visit chabadrichmond.com/skate.

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