Chabad plans multiple days, locations for menorah events

Chabad centers in the St. Louis area have announced Show-Me- Hanukkah, a program designed to maximize awareness of the upcoming Jewish holiday. The program includes three menorah displays throughout the region, with a public celebration at each on different nights of the holiday. The displays and events aim to highlight the history and traditional observances of Hanukkah, which begins on the eve of Saturday, Dec. 8 and lasts for eight days. 

The Market on the Loop, at 6655 Delmar Boulevard, will be the site of the first public menorah lighting at 7 p.m. Dec. 8. The event is sponsored by Chabad at Wash. U and includes the lighting ceremony, live music and Hanukkah gelt for children. 

At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, Chabad of St. Louis will sponsor the kindling of the tallest menorah in Missouri, located at the Lazaroff Chabad Center, 8124 Delmar Boulevard. The program will include the lighting, latkes and Hanukkah themed children’s crafts.

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, Chabad of Chesterfield will celebrate the menorah lighting at Chesterfield Mall on the first level at the entrance near Dillard’s. The program will also feature a Hanukkah hunt, live music and doughnuts. 

“A little bit of light can dispel a great deal of darkness”, said Rabbi Yosef Landa, Chabad’s Regional Director.  “Our goal is to introduce the light and warmth of the Hanukkah lights to the entire community, and to brighten the lives of individuals, families and children, not only in their homes, but also in their public thoroughfares and places of business.”