Fifth Night Proves Magic for Pearl St. Menorah Lighting

After several Chanukah nights of wind, snow and cold, Monday’s fifth night proved a winner for Boulder’s public menorah lighting on the Pearl St. Mall, and the turn out proved it. Hundreds of people of all ages enjoyed hot latkes and hot chocolate, sufganyot, the Chanukah music of Steve Brodsky, and gold and silver gelt dropped from the sky (via a Boulder Fire truck).

Andy Franklin, this year’s Lamplighter, lighting the giant menorah.

In between singing along to “Not By Might” and “Dreidel”, the crowd heard from Jonathan Lev, Executive Director of the Boulder JCC, Rabbi Pesach Scheiner of the Boulder County Center for Judaism, and Aza Squarer, Board Member of JEWISHcolorado, all of whom acknowledged the complexities of celebrating a holiday at this fraught time in the world and in Israel. But all agreed on the need for light in these times of darkness, the kind that Chanukah was designed to bring to the world — a celebration of miracles.

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If you’ve missed the menorah lightings so far this year, Louisville is hosting a menorah lighting on Tuesday, December 12 at 5:30 pm:

Wednesday night, December 13 at 6:00 pm, Men of the J and Women of the J are celebrating Chanukah at an East Boulder brewery. Register now to get the location and join them!

About David Fellows

I've been writing things since grammar school, and served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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