We are now in the midst of Chanukah, the “Festival of Lights” – referring to the lighting of the menorah over the course of eight nights. Chanukah carries a universal message, which is to increase light in the world by performing acts of goodness and kindness. The custom is to light the Menorah by a window facing the public, in order to spread this warm and positive message.
Chabad of Boulder County is famous for taking this custom to the next level, by hosting a public menorah lighting. Every Chanukah, we have a Public Menorah lighting on Pearl Street Mall, which consists of lighting our 9 foot tall menorah as a live band plays Chanukah music and volunteers distribute donuts and presents to the kids.
The 15th Annual Menorah lighting will take place Tuesday, December 11 at 5:30 pm. This special event brings together adults and children of all ages, giving them an opportunity to celebrate the universal message of the Festival of Lights. Last year, over 300 people joined this event as Steve Brodsky played music in the snow.
This year’s program should be be better than ever! Bonnie and Josh Raderman are chairing the event. Boulder Lamplighter, Allen Hittelman will be honored with lighting the Menorah. Steve Brodsky, whose playing music in Boulder is a Boulder Chanukah Tradition, will warm the crowd with his Chanukah music. Enjoy hot drinks for all ranging from hot chocolate for kids to Starbucks coffee for adults, along with fresh Sufganiyot (Chanukah doughnuts) and Chanukah gifts for kids.
This wonderful annual event is sponsored by Allied Jewish Federation, Boulder JCC, Chabad of Boulder County, 18 Pomegranates, One sale a day and Oreg Foundation.