Dozens of people gathered at the municipal center on the second night of Hanukkah, to celebrate the Jewish holiday.
Representative Bill Foster, city council members and Mayor Pradel were all on hand as Rabbi Goldstein lit the menorah and gave the traditional blessing.
“The idea of Hanukkah is to spread the light and that is what we did here tonight on the Riverwalk,” said Rabbi Mandy Goldstein.
Once the menorah was lit, it was time to celebrate. Inside, guests enjoyed fresh latkes’, doughnuts and dreidel games, while others didn’t mind the cold, busting a move and taking selfies with the mayor.
This was the fourth year the Chibad Jewish center has held public menorah lighting in town.
“We definitely see excitement and a lot of people we don’t see throughout the year, come together for Hanukkah. It’s really a great opportunity for people to get together,” said Goldstein.
And it wasn’t only the Jewish community coming together for the holiday.
“Its so much fun! Because it isn’t just Jewish people coming out for the ceremony – there’s people that aren’t Jewish too and that’s like saying they want to know more about us, and care about us,” said 11 year old, Thalia.
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