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Giant menorah to light up Snohomish County | Holiday Cheer


Last updated 12/9/2022 at 10:39am

Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County celebrates the Festival of Lights with the 11th annual Menorah Lighting and Celebration in Lynnwood.

The public Menorah Lighting Celebration, "celebrating the light and joy of shared freedoms and the immeasurable value of every human being," is 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, at Lynnwood City Hall 19100 44th Ave W.

The event will feature the kindling of the giant nine-foot Menorah, holiday treats, face painting, personal Menorah kits, and a Hanukkah musical performance by the Seattle-based Klez Katz Klezmer band.

Remarks will be shared by Rabbi Berel Paltiel of the Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County, as well as by local officials.

"The menorah serves as a symbol of our community's dedication to preserve and encourage the rights of every human being, including the liberty of all its citizens to worship God freely, openly, and with pride," Rabbi Paltiel said.

"This is true especially in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her faith free from restraint and persecution."

The Menorah lighting is part of the worldwide Hanukkah campaign, an initiative launched by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson in 1973.

The campaign highlights and encourages the central theme of the holiday – publicizing the story of the Hanukkah miracle.

"The message of Hanukkah is the message of light," Rabbi Paltiel added.

"The nature of light is that it is always victorious over darkness. A small amount of light dispels a lot of darkness. Another act of goodness and kindness, another act of light, can make all the difference."

Lynnwood's menorah is one of more than 15,000 large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad in more than 100 countries around the world, including in front of landmarks such as the White House and the Eiffel Tower.


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