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Menorah lighting with Pres. Tony Frank Dec. 2

November 30, 2010

The Menorah symbolizes the idea that acts of goodness will light up the darkness on a personal and global level. Join President Tony Frank, students, faculty, and staff as we light a giant Menorah on the Lory Student Center Plaza to celebrate the Jewish festival of lights and to show support for the candle lighting's message of hope.

Thursday, Dec. 2
5 p.m.
Lory Student Center Plaza

The annual CSU Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration is Thursday, Dec. 2, at 5 p.m. on the Lory Student Center Plaza.

Join guest of honor President Tony Frank, students, faculty, and staff as we light a giant Menorah to celebrate the Jewish festival of lights.

Holiday foods served, including donuts, chocolate gelt, dreidels, and music. Free, and all are welcome!

Lightings a beloved tradition

Public Menorah Lightings have been part of the winter holiday festivities since the seventies. President Cater and every subsequent president have participated in a Menorah Lighting at the White House. 

Our mother organization, Chabad-Lubavitch, of which we are a branch, is responsible for thousands of lightings around the globe with the participation of dignitaries and celebrities. In Northern Colorado, CSU is the latest addition to this wonderful event which sees lightings in Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley. 

The Festival of Lights is from Wednesday, Dec. 1 through Thursday, Dec. 9. 

The origins of Chanukah

The origins of Chanukah dates back to the victory of the Maccabees, a Jewish minority fighting their oppressors who wished to destroy Judaism. With great faith and determination they overcame their superiors enemies and liberated the Temple in Jerusalem whereupon the miracle of Chanukah occurred and oil enough for only one day lasted eight days.

Ever since then we celebrate the miracle of the oil, in modern, relevant terms we celebrate the human capacity for triumph, prevailing of good over evil. The message of the lights of the Menorah is that ultimately acts of goodness will light up the darkness on a personal and global level. This is a universal message of hope and miracles and religious freedom that applies to all faiths and backgrounds. We can change the world one light at a time.

Sponsored by the Chabad Jewish Student Organization.


Contact: Rabbi Yerachmiel Gorelik
E-mail: Rabbi@Colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 407-1613