Annual Hanukkah celebration set Tuesday at Augusta Common

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A parade of electric menorahs strapped to the roofs of cars will make its way from Evans to downtown Augusta tonight, when participants will gather for an annual Hanukkah celebration.

The celebration will start at 6:30 p.m. at Augusta Common.

Participants in the free event, sponsored by Chabad of Augusta, will light a 7-foot menorah, sing Hanukkah songs and eat latkes.

The evening also includes a first-ever pyrotechnic show.

“Hanukkah is all about adding light to the world, and (we) will try to incorporate a Hanukkah message in the show,” said Rabbi Zalman Fischer, of Chabad of Augusta, which has held a menorah lighting for 15 years.

Rabbi David Sirull, of Adas Yeshurun Synagogue, will be given the honor of lighting the first candle.

“Hanukkah has a very powerful message for us, even in our time,” the rabbi said. “Rededicating ourselves can mean so many different and important things.”

Hanukkah, which means “dedication,” celebrates a miracle that occurred when the Jews rededicated their holy temple nearly 22 centuries ago.

The Talmud records that although they found just enough oil to keep a fire burning for one night, the lamp burned for eight days.

This year, Hanukkah is celebrated Dec. 20-28.


WHAT: An annual celebration, sponsored by Chabad of Augusta, featuring a car menorah parade, Hanukkah songs, latkes, a pyrotechnic show and gifts for children

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. today

WHERE: Augusta Common, between Eighth and Ninth streets on Broad Street

COST: Free

LEARN MORE: Call (706) 722-7659.

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copperhead 12/20/11 - 06:08 pm
Where are all the objections

Where are all the objections to THIS symbol of beliefs being paraded down our streets? A decorated tree seems to offend some beyond irate-yet this parade of a symbol is ignored? Why would that be?

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 12/21/11 - 12:07 am
It is okay, Copperhead,

It is okay, Copperhead, because they vote Democratic.

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