Palm City, FL — Chabad Jewish Center of Martin & S. Lucie will be celebrating the 20th year of organizing the Community Chanukah Celebration and Public Menorah Lighting Ceremony on behalf of the Martin and S. Lucie Jewish community and the 10th year of having two celebrations one in Stuart and one in Port S. Lucie, 20th annual in Stuart, this year in memorial Park and its 10th annual at Tradition Square in Port S. Lucie.
The Community Chanukah Celebration at Tradition Square in Port S. Lucie celebrates its 10th annual this year and will take place on Tuesday, December 12th from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. The celebration, will Feature for the first time a “DRONE Chanukah Gelt Drop” and Make your own Dreidel Fidget Spinner, Dreidel Mascot. It will also feature bounce house, face painting, activities and games, latkes, doughnuts, Kosher Israeli Falafel, hot dogs, raffle. Bring items for those hit by the Hurricane in Puerto Rico and the Islands or Chanukah gifts for seniors and children. The public Menorah lighting ceremony will be at 5:30 pm joined by the Mayor of Port S. Lucie Greg Oravec and other elected officials. The Community wide Celebration is open to the public and everyone, adults and children are invited to join the festivities. Admission is free. Sponsors and donations are welcome.
The community Chanukah Celebration in Stuart the 20th annual will take place at Memorial Park 300 SE Ocean Blvd Downtown Stuart (adjacent to court house), Sunday, December 17th 3:00 to 5:15 PM. The celebration will feature A Motorcycle High Wire Trapeze show. It will also have the Dreidel mascot, pony rides, Face painting, Bounce House, Make your own Dreidel Fidget Spinner, activities and Games, Kosher Israeli Falafel Hot Dogs, latkes, doughnuts, Bring items for those hit by the Hurricane in Puerto Rico and the Islands or Chanukah gifts for seniors and children. The Community wide Celebration is open to the public and everyone adults and children are invited to join the festivities. Admission is free, suggested donation $5 food extra. Sponsor and donations welcome. The Public Menorah lighting ceremony will be at 4:15 pm Joined by Martin County commission Vice Chair Ed Ciampi and other elected officials.
The public menorah lighting is organized by the Chabad Jewish Center of Martin & S. Lucie, Rabbi Shlomo Uminer, Spiritual leader and director of the center remarked, “We are so proud to mark the community’s 20th milestone year of The Community Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting Ceremony and 10th year of having two celebrations one in Stuart and one in Port s. Lucie with thousands of people participating, and enjoying the celebrations throughout the years. The Community wide celebrations serve as a symbol of our countries and Martin & S. Lucie’s Counties dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G-d freely, openly, and with pride. Specifically in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution, the Menorah symbolizes the universal message of freedom over oppression, light over darkness, good over evil and freedom of religion and equality for all.”
Many residents jews and non jews have expressed their happiness at the celebration taking place and their eagerness to join in the community Chanukah Celebration.
Martin and S. Lucie’s Public Menorah Lighting celebration is one of thousands of large public menorahs lightings and celebrations throughout the world including in the White House and national mall, in front of the Kremlin and in China, helping jews and non jews, children and adults of all walks of life connect and enjoy the holiday message.
For more info on the celebrations, visit wwwChabadMSL.com or call the Chabad Jewish Community Center of Martin and S. Lucie Counties 772-288-0606. For information about the Holiday of Chanukah visit www.ChabadMSL.com/Chanukah
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the victory more than 2,100 years ago of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people who defeated a ruthless enemy that had overrun ancient Israel and sought to impose restrictions on the Jewish way of life, prohibit religious freedom and force the Jewish people to accept a foreign religion. During the occupation of Jerusalem and the Temple, the Syrian Greeks desecrated and defiled the oils prepared for the lighting of the Menorah, which was part of the daily service in the temple. Upon recapturing the Temple from the Syrian Greeks, the Jewish people found only one jar of undefiled oil, enough to burn only one day, but it lasted miraculously for eight days until new, pure olive oil was produced. In commemoration of this event, the Jewish people celebrate Chanukah for eight days by lighting an eight-branched candelabra known as a Menorah. The Menorah is placed in highly-visible place to publicize the miracle, with its message of hope and religious freedom, to all. Today, people of all faiths consider the Chanukah holiday as a symbol and message of the triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness.
ABOUT THE SPONSORING ORGANIZATION
Chabad Jewish Community Center of Martin & S. Lucie offers Jewish education, outreach and social service programming for families and individuals of all ages, backgrounds and affiliations. For more information, contact Rabbi Shlomo Uminer Director of the Chabad Jewish Center at 772-288-0606 or info@ChabadMSL.com.