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First ever UNC Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Celebration with President Andy Feinstein

Menorah and Chanukah Celebration

November 21, 2018

WHO: Rabbi Gorelik will preside The event, and
Guest of Honor President Feinstein
When: Wednesday, December 5, event starts 3:15 PM
Where: UNC University Center Patio
What: Menorah Lighting & Chanukah Celebration

Join guests of honor President Andy Feinstein, students and faculty for the first ever Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration, featuring lighting of the giant Menorah, Jewish holiday music, the dancing dreidel and traditional Chanukah foods (donuts & chocolate gelt) and dreidels. Come celebrate the Jewish Festival of lights!

UNC proudly joins the tradition of 12,000 public Menorah Lightings around the world including one in most cities and universities of Colorado. UNC is excited to have its first ever, of many to come, Menorah Lightings and Chanukah Celebration. In its Chanukah outreach campaign, Chabad Jewish Center of Northern Colorado Communities join thousands of Chabad centers across the globe that are staging similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, Beijing to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad.

The entire community is invited to celebrate. The event is free, sponsored by UNC and the Chabad Jewish Center of Northern Colorado.

Event Poster

What is Chanukah?

Chanukah the eight-day Jewish "Festival of Lights," this year beginning on the evening of Sunday, December 2nd through till the evening of Monday, December 10., recalls the victory – more than 2,000 years ago – of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people over the mighty forces of a ruthless enemy that had overrun the Holy Land. The miraculous victory of religious freedom was compounded by a second great miracle that took place when only one jug of sacred oil, used for the great Menorah in the Temple, was found still pure and sealed. The small amount of oil miraculously burned for eight days. Thus, we light the menorah each evening of Chanukah to commemorate our freedom.

Today Chanukah is a universal symbol and message of triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness. The message of Chanukah is one of hope in the face of extreme adversity. It’s a message with broad appeal to everyone who believes in freedom and that faith and determination can triumph against even the most overwhelming odds. This message is especially poignant in today’s troubling times.

"It is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition," said Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik, Executive Director of the Chabad Jewish Center of Northern Colorado. "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 has a universal message of freedom and liberty that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness.”