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Menorah lighting centers on community

Local artwork featured in Hanukkah ceremony

December 10, 2012

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Members of the Jewish community gathered outside the Lawrence Arts Center on Sunday to celebrate the second day of Hanukkah with a menorah lighting, organized by the Chabad Center for Jewish Life.

Lawrence mayor Bob Schumm helps light a menorah outside the Lawrence Arts Center on Sunday. The menorah was created from artwork made by local children.

Lawrence mayor Bob Schumm helps light a menorah outside the Lawrence Arts Center on Sunday. The menorah was created from artwork made by local children.

Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel, executive director of the center, said that the outdoor menorah lighting was just one of thousands happening throughout the world and that it’s special for the city of Lawrence to partake in that.

“What’s special about this event is that it gathers together the entire community,” Tiechtel said. “In Judaism, community is a very important factor, and it’s important for all of us to be here together having an event.”

Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, commemorates the miracle of one day’s worth of oil lasting for eight during a rededication of the Temple by the Maccabees.

To begin the ceremony, Mayor Bob Schumm greeted the crowd. He lit the first candle of the menorah and then the children at the event followed, lighting two more. After the menorah was lit, the crowd gathered inside the center to eat potato latkes and doughnuts and to watch a demonstration about light by a group called Mad Science.

Amit Pery, 9, Lawrence, stretches as he and Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel help light the menorah outside the arts center on Sunday. Amit was one of the children whose artwork was featured on the menorah.

Amit Pery, 9, Lawrence, stretches as he and Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel help light the menorah outside the arts center on Sunday. Amit was one of the children whose artwork was featured on the menorah.

Chabad supporter Edia Klinger said she brings her two children to watch the menorah lighting every year as a holiday tradition.

“It’s great for them to feel a part of the Jewish community of Lawrence,” she said.

This year’s menorah wasn’t an ordinary menorah — it was an art project. To create it, children came together to make the piece of art at open houses. The Lawrence Arts Center was chosen as the location for the event in part to go along with the menorah’s art theme. Tiechtel emphasized throughout the event the value of a close and supportive community. Even though Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday, it teaches a lesson everyone can learn and implement in their own lives.

“Light is very powerful. One little candle can erase miles of darkness,” he said.

Comments

guppypunkhead 1 year, 8 months ago

Looks like a fun event. Is this the first year it has happened at LAC?

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Ami 1 year, 8 months ago

I think it is the 5th or 6th year Chabad has been doing it for the community. They did it in various locations over the years, I think this was the first time in the LAC. It is a fun event that tries to bring the community together.

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lunacydetector 1 year, 8 months ago

i don't mind this on government property, but will there/is there a nativity scene anywhere on government property as well?

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d_prowess 1 year, 8 months ago

Is the Art Center government property or are they an independent non-profit? I am not sure.

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orbiter 1 year, 8 months ago

LAC isn't a governmental organization, but nice try.

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lunacydetector 1 year, 8 months ago

the property is owned by the City of Lawrence, paid for by the taxpayers....nice try though.

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Dave Greenbaum 1 year, 8 months ago

There was a Christmas tree right behind the menorah as you can see in the pictures

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 8 months ago

Lawrence mayor Bob Schumm helps light a menorah outside the Lawrence Arts Center on Sunday. The menorah was created from artwork made by local children.

oh oh. where's any posts from the crowd who protest the separation of so called church and state?? hypocrisy.

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 8 months ago

please understand, I'm so glad the Jewish Center is celebrating this once again this year, God bless them and may this celebration bring them much joy!

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