Students in the YMCA’s afterschool program (grades K-7) and community members gathered in the lobby of the Wednesday evening as Rabbi Mendel Gurkow led a Chanukah celebration on the second night of the eight-day Jewish holiday.
Rabbi Gurkow told the story of Chanukah and led those in attendance in reciting the traditional prayers while lighting the Menorah.
The children also sang Chanukah songs and ate Chanukah gelt (edible chocolate coins).
Following the celebration at the YMCA, Rabbi Gurkow lit the eight-foot tall Menorah at the in Cobb’s Corner, at the intersection of Stoughton, Sharon and Canton.
According to the Shaloh House Chabad website:
On Chanukah, we celebrate the miraculous victory of the small Macabee army over the big Syrian army. When the Jewish People then went into the Holy Temple, and were preparing to light the Menorah, they only found one jug with enough oil to light the Menorah for one day. A miracle happened: The oil burned for 8 days until new oil arrived. We celebrate these miracles by lighting our Menorah every night of Chanukah.
Shaloh House Chabad is located in Stoughton on Ethyl Way. They will hold Menorah lighting ceremonies every night of Chanukah at 6 p.m. at the Cobb’s Corner Menorah. To learn more about Chanukah, click here.