Chabad plans ‘Light up the Loop’ on first night of Hanukkah

Rabbi Hershey Novack of Chabad on Campus is shown at a previous Public Menorah Lighting event in the Delmar Loop.  Photo: Andrew Kerman 

Chabad on Campus at WashU presents the sixth annual Public Menorah Lighting on the Delmar Loop to take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, the first night of Hanukkah. The event will be held at The Market in the Loop located at 6655 Delmar Blvd.

The celebration will include a central public menorah lighting, and will feature live music, hot latkes, greetings from local dignitaries, chocolate Hanukah gelt for children, and Hasidic dancing. The event aims to highlight the history and traditional observances of Hanukkah, which starts Dec.12 at sundown, and lasts for eight days.

“The menorah is the eight-branch candelabra traditionally lit on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah,” said Rabbi Hershey Novack of Chabad on Campus. “It’s a symbol of spiritual freedom and teaches us of the power of light over darkness.”

The event is free and open to the community. 

“Hanukkah is all about adding more light to the world and, regardless of religious affiliation, we’re able to continue to bring more light into world through acts of goodness and kindness,” Novack said.

The event is co-sponsored by Market on the Loop. For more information, visit