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Winning Menorah to be lit on Needham Town Common in December

Posted by Evan Allen  November 21, 2012 01:15 PM

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May the best Menorah win.

The Jewish community in Needham will celebrate the Festival of Lights by lighting the winner of the Chabad Jewish Center’s Menorah design contest on the Needham Town Common on Tuesday, Dec. 11.

In past years, the Menorah has been made out of ice, toys, Legos, balloons, and even humans, according to a press release. This year, organizers decided on a contest to design the Menorah, and entrants built virtual Menorahs using Parametric Technology Corporation’s product design software. The most creative and original Menorah imagined will be built and lit.

Chabad Lubavitch centers around the world are staging public displays similar to the Chabad Jewish Center’s Menorah ceremony in Needham, according to the release. In Australia, Africa, Columbia, Hong Kong, New York City – even the White House lawn – hundreds of thousands of people will be able to participate in a Chanukah ceremony, according to the release.

Chanukah spreads the message that good triumphs over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness. The purpose of the community-wide celebration to be held in the Needham Town Common is to spread warmth, joy, strength and inspiration, according to the release.

The Menorah lighting will take palce at 6 p.m. on Dec. 11, the fourth night of Chanukah. The winning Menorah designer will receive an iPad or $500 cash. There will be live music, dancing, donuts, hot beverages and more.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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