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Needham Menorah lighting set for Dec. 23

Posted December 22, 2008 07:49 AM

The Needham based Chabad Jewish Center will celebrate the Festival of Lights at the annual public Menorah lighting ceremony at Needham town common on Tuesday at 5:30 pm.

According to a release, "This year will feature a unique menorah which will be filled with toys. In solidarity with Moshe Holtzberg - the two year old son of Rabbi Gabi and Rivkie Holtzberg who were brutally murdered in their Chabad House in Mumbai, India - the toys will be distributed to children who have lost their parents or suffered from a terrorist attack.''

The press release continued:

“Moshe, and kids like him must know that we are deeply concerned for their welfare” said Mrs. Chanie Krinsky, program director at the center. “I would love to see another smile on little Moshe’le’s face” she said.

Chanukah propagates the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness. “This is a message that is vital especially in wake of the horrific attacks on the peace-loving people of India.” said Rabbi Mendel Krinsky, director of the center. “Our unique Menorah will put the lessons of Chanukah into practice by sharing the joy of Chanukah with those who are less fortunate.” he said.

Following the kindling, the program will feature live music, dancing, donuts, hot chocolate, and a raffle. As in previous years, a Menorah will be displayed inside the town hall during all eight days of the holiday.

For many, Chanukah brings back fond memories of childhood years and serves to renew a sense of Jewish identity. The Chanukah lights provide us with warmth, joy, strength and inspiration. Such is the purpose of a community-wide celebration to be held at the Needham Town Common.

In its Chanukah outreach campaign, the Chabad Jewish Center joins thousands of Chabad Lubavitch centers across the globe, which are staging similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad Lubavitch.

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