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Menorah lighting and Chanukah celebration

November 27, 2013

The Menorah symbolizes the idea that acts of goodness will light up the darkness on a personal and global level. Join faculty, staff, and students 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.

Faculty, staff, and students at the lighting of the 2012 Lighting of the Menorah.Tuesday, Dec. 3
5 p.m.--5:30
Lory Student Center Plaza

Assistant Vice-President & Dean of Students Jody Donovan, students, staff, and faculty are all invited for the annual Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration, featuring:

  • lighting of the giant Menorah,
  • Jewish holiday music (including Adam Sandler), and 
  • traditional Chanukah foods (donuts & chocolate gelt).

Come celebrate the Jewish Festival of lights! 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. 

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 and Chabad of Northern Colorado.  

Contact: Danielle Geller