Chabad Lubavitch of N.E. Iowa will ignite a public 10-foot menorah erected at The Cameron Park, followed by a community-wide celebration on Monday, December 19, 2022, the 2nd night of Chanukah. The ceremony will feature the menorah lighting performed by Rabbi Brian from the Congregation Sons of Abraham La Crosse, and one of the City Council Members, who will also deliver holiday greetings. Rabbi Aron Schimmel, director of the Chabad Jewish Center of N.E. Iowa, says that “With the La Crosse population growing, more and more people are requesting that we diversify our offerings. We are delighted to do this at Cameron Park this year.”
Following the menorah lighting ceremony, the assembled will dance, sing and eat donuts, “Latkes” (Potato Pancakes) a traditional Chanukah food. The event will also feature, Chanukah gelt, Gifts, and dreidels for the children. The event will be held from 6:00-7:00 pm.
Rabbi Schimmel remarked, “The Menorah serves as a symbol of Idaho’s dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G‑d freely, openly, and with pride. Specifically, in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution, the Menorah takes on profound significance, embodying both religious and constitutional principles.”
Michael Margulis, who is looking forward to attending the public menorah lighting commented, “I want my kids to grow up with pride in their Jewish heritage and a feeling of equality and self-confidence as an American. The public menorah lighting is one of the most important events to help my children’s education. It helps me teach my children values that I took for granted growing up.”
The menorah display at The Cameron Park is one of several in the State of Wisconsin and one of the thousands of large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad throughout the world, helping children and adults of all walks of life discover and enjoy the holiday message.
The event is open to the public and free of charge.
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Monday, December 19, 2022. 6:00 – 7:00 PM.
400 King St. La Crosse WI 54601
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the victory more than 2,100 years ago of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people who defeated a ruthless enemy that had overrun ancient Israel and sought to impose restrictions on the Jewish way of life, prohibit religious freedom and force the Jewish people to accept a foreign religion. During the occupation of Jerusalem and the Temple, the Syrian Greeks desecrated and defiled the oils prepared for the lighting of the Menorah, which was part of the daily service in the temple. Upon recapturing the Temple from the Syrian Greeks, the Jewish people found only one jar of undefiled oil, enough to burn only one day, but it lasted miraculously for eight days until new, pure olive oil was produced. In commemoration of this event, the Jewish people celebrate Chanukah for eight days by lighting an eight-branched candelabra known as a Menorah. The Menorah is placed in highly-visible place to publicize the miracle, with its message of hope and religious freedom, to all. Today, people of all faiths consider the Chanukah holiday as a symbol and message of the triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness.