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Bellaire to mark Chanukah with family carnival, lighting of 9-foot public menorah

Monday, 19 December, 2011 - 2:17 pm

SOURCE: YourHoustonNews.com 

With Chanukah beginning at sundown Tuesday, Bellaire will host its first-ever public menorah lighting and family carnival at Loftin Park in Bellaire Town Square Thursday, on the third night of the eight-night Jewish Festival of Lights.

Mayor Cindy Siegel and other dignitaries will help light a nine-foot menorah at 7 p.m., sponsored by The Shul of Bellaire.

The lighting will conclude “Chanukah in Candyland” which begins at 5 p.m. at the adjacent Bellaire Civic Center, 7008 S. Rice Ave.

The event will feature a magic show by Tommy Blaze, dreidels, construction of a giant candy menorah, cotton candy, doughnut decorating, chocolate gelt and hot latkes.

The event has been organized by Rabbi Yossi and Esty Zaklikofsy of The Shul.

“The Menorah serves as a symbol of Bellaire's dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G-d freely, openly, and with pride,” said Esty Zaklikofsy. “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.”

Bellaire's menorah is one of thousands of large public menorahs, from the White House lawn to the Eiffel Tower, all sponsored by the Chabad Lubavitch movement throughout the world, including eight others right here in Houston, helping children and adults, of all walks of life, discover and enjoy the holiday message.

For more information, call 713-839-8887 or visit www.JewishBellaire.com/Chanukah.

Based on a news release from The Shul of Bellaire

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