Chabad centers in St. Louis have announced Show-Me-Chanukah, a program designed to maximize awareness of the upcoming Jewish holiday of Chanukah. The program includes three Menorah displays throughout the region, with a public celebration at each on different nights of the holiday.
The displays and events aim to highlight the history and traditional observances of Chanukah, which begins this year after nightfall on Saturday, Dec. 8 and lasts for eight days.
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Chesterfield will be the site of the last public Menorah lighting, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, when Chabad of Chesterfield will celebrate the kindling of a public Menorah at Chesterfield Mall on the first level at the entrance near Dillard's. The program will feature a Chanukah hunt, live music, doughnuts and a Menorah lighting ceremony.
The Market Pub House, located at 6655 Delmar Blvd., will be home to the first lighting, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. This event is sponsored by Chabad at Washington University. The program will include a Menorah lighting ceremony, live music and Chanukah Gelt (chocolate coins – a Chanukah tradition) for the children.
Dignitaries will be on hand to offer Chanukah greetings.
At 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, Chabad of Greater St. Louis will sponsor the kindling of the Tallest Menorah in Missouri, located at the Lazaroff Chabad Center, 8124 Delmar Blvd.
The program will include a Menorah lighting Ceremony, hot latkes (fried potato pancakes – a Chanukah favorite) and Chanukah themed children’s crafts.
“A little bit of light can dispel a great deal of darkness”, said Rabbi Yosef Landa, Chabad’s Regional Director. “Our goal is to introduce the light and warmth of the Chanukah lights to the entire community, and to brighten the lives of individuals, families and children, not only in their homes, but also in their public thoroughfares and places of business.”