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Menorah lighting held in Ellis Square

The city of Savannah will join Chabad of Savannah for the lighting of the Menorah this Sunday.
The city of Savannah will join Chabad of Savannah for the lighting of the Menorah this Sunday.(WTOC)
Published: Nov. 23, 2021 at 3:55 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2021 at 5:37 AM EST
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SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - The city of Savannah joined Chabad of Savannah on Sunday for the 5th annual Menorah lighting ceremony to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah.

The first candle was lit at 5 p.m. in Ellis Square. The Rabbi for the Chabad of Savannah says it’s great that they can do this in-person again. Last year, it was done virtually because of the pandemic.

This year, more people showed up to the celebration than expected. There was also food and music for those who attended.

Rabbi Zalman Refson says the event is a way for the Jewish community to celebrate Hanukkah and light menorahs in their homes to demonstrate the power of light over darkness.

“Hanukkah is all about adding light to this world. Every night of Hanukkah we light one more candle, so tonight is the first night and over the next eight days we’re going to be lighting one more light. And each of us coming here together, combining our light together is really so beautiful,” said Rabbi Zalman Refson, Director of Chabad of Savannah.

The first part of the holiday celebrates religious freedom and liberty of the Jewish people in the 2nd century. The second half honors what happened after their victory, where their ancestors were only able to find enough oil to light the menorah for one day, instead the oil burned for seven days.

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