Giant Menorah Lighting On Plaza For Chanukah


Chabad of Humboldt to Light One of 15,000 Public Menorahs Worldwide, Symbolizing Universal Message of Religious Freedom

Chabad of Humboldt will ignite a public menorah erected at the Arcata Plaza, followed by a community-wide celebration on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 5 p.m. Following the menorah lighting ceremony, hundreds will dance to lively music and partake in all the Chanukah delicacies. To spread the light of Chanukah the Menorah lighting will be done together with a canned food drive to benefit "Food for People" bring a can - you know you can.

The public menorah lighting was organized by Rabbi Eli Cowen, who remarked, “The Menorah serves as a symbol of Humboldt's 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 takes on profound significance, embodying both religious and constitutional principles.”

Yemaya Kimmel of Arcata, who is looking forward to attending the public menorah lighting commented, "I want my kids to grow up with pride in their Jewish heritage in a bright, joyful way. Chabad and their Public Chanukah Menorah lightings are arguably one of the most important developments ever to help my child’s education. I wish they had this where I grew up.”

Arcata's menorah is one of thousands of large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad throughout the world, helping children and adults of all walks of life discover and enjoy the holiday message.

Chabad of Humboldt will also host a community wide Chanukah party on Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. Go to for more details.


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