The Schneerson Center of CT once again will be hosting the Wilton Community Menorah Lighting to usher in the festival of Hanukkah, which begins the evening of Sunday, Dec. 2, and ends on Monday, Dec. 10. Community members of all faiths and beliefs are invited to the lighting that will feature live holiday music, donuts, hot potato latkes, dreidels and other holiday giveaways. These family friendly events are geared to all ages.
Hanukkah, the festival of lights, celebrates the victory of the ancient Maccabees over the Greek Syrian oppressors in the land of Israel and the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem with the lighting of the Menorah. Although they had only one day’s supply of olive oil it miraculously lasted eight full days until new oil was obtained. For Jews around the world, the Menorah is a symbol of hope and freedom.
Hanukkah is celebrated for eight consecutive days with the lighting of one candle the first night and increasing each night with an additional light until all eight are lit.
This year, Wilton’s Community Menorah Lighting Celebration will take place on the first night of Hanukkah, Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 4:45 p.m. on the Wilton Town Green. Rabbi Levi Stone of the Schneerson Center will lead the event, which typically attracts several town officials, including the first selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice.
The menorah lighting is an event for the whole family, and is free and open to all. For more information call 203.635.4118 or visit the Schneerson Center website.