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Community menorah to be lit on Sunday

Posted: November 29, 2013 7:07 p.m.
Updated: November 29, 2013 7:07 p.m.

With the convergence of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving this year, the Jewish community of the Santa Clarita Valley has opted to celebrate the lighting of the official Santa Clarita Valley menorah on Sunday, the fourth day of the holiday, at the Westfield Valencia Town Center.

With Thanksgiving falling late in November this year, the national holiday came on the first full day of Hanukkah. Historically, this convergence has happened only once before — back in 1888 — and some dubbed Thursday “Thanksgivukkah.”

Due to the collision of holidays and the fact that many members of their temples were out of town for Thanksgiving, Temple Beth Ami, Temple Beth Shalom and Chabad of SCV are collaborating to hold their “Festival of Lights” menorah-lighting on Sunday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“Hanukkah is already a long holiday, but the way it overlaps this year with Thanksgiving it makes it even longer,” Rabbi Mark Blazer of Temple Beth Ami said in an earlier interview. “We will be celebrating for a good chunk of the next three weeks.”

The menorah-lighting has become an annual event at the Westfield Valencia Town Center that draws a crowd for celebration as well as ceremony. Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, during which one day’s worth of oil burned for eight days in a miracle that symbolizes the triumph of goodness and light over darkness and evil.

During Hanukkah, a candle is lit on each of the eight nights of the holiday to remember the successful religious rebellion against the Syrians and the marvel of the burning oil.

Other Hanukkah celebrations in the SCV include “Chanukah on Ice” on Monday starting at 5 p.m., during which families can skate at the Valencia Ice Station. It’s sponsored by Chabad of SCV and admission is $10.

Monday there will also be a Hanukkah storytime at the Barnes & Noble on Valencia Boulevard. The free event will begin at noon Monday and will also occur on Tuesday starting at 7 p.m.



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