Light up the Night: Chabad Oklahoma City continues the honored tradition – and we need it! | Judaism

Oklahoma City – The Chabad Community Center will lead the annual Memorah lighting on the first night of Hanukkah – Sunday, November 28 – at 5 afternoon Scissortail Park, 300 SW 7th Street in Oklahoma City.

Kyle Dillingham and Horseshoe Road will be the stars of the evening, with a few distinguished guests expected. There areI will be music, latkes, jelly donuts, and Hanukkah gifts for everyone – not to mention the Dreidel man.

Then, on the fifth night of Chanukah (Thursday, December 2), the Chabad and his friends will drive a trailer to light up the streets of Oklahoma City.

Recognizing the need for a message of hope during what for many is a difficult time, the leaders of the Chabad Community Center for Jewish Life and Learning described themselves in a press release as honored to bring the Chanukah message of light and goodness to Oklahoma City.

At a time like this, when we are bombarded with negative and divisive news, now more than ever we can all benefit from the Menorah message of the victory of light over darkness; an uplifting message that we badly need today ”, said Nechoma Goldman, Co-Director of the Center.

To rejoinduring the first night 2021 event through November 28 will be Rep. Stéphanie Bice, mayor David Holt, Police Chief Wade Gourley and other civic leaders.

Tannual event will be again take place at his “new house since last year Scissor park. The program will include a giant 15 ‘menorah lighting.

The Chanukah Menorah is took into consideration a universal symbol of faith and hope when freedom trumps oppression, light trumps darkness and decency triumphs over destruction.

A little light can dispel a lot of darkness ”, reflects Rabbi Ovadia Goldman, co-director of Chabad. “We are delighted to bring the light and warmth of the Hanukkah lights to the entire community, with the help of our good friends Jasmine and Melvin Moran and Asbury Wellness Pharmacy.”

A media spokesperson for the organizers pointed out in an exchange with The Oklahoma City Sentry, “The aim is to reach out, uplift and inspire the whole community, focusing on light and unity, especially for young people with children.

December 2 Car Caravan to travel the streets of the city

To crown the Chabad events, a December 2 caravan of cars will roam the city streets on the fifth night of Chanukah.

Those wishing to participate will line up in their vehicles at 5 p.m. at the Chabad Community Center for Jewish Life and Learning, 3000 West Hefner Road, on the north side of town.

At 6 p.m. the caravan of cars will leave. And, at 7 p.m., a lighting ceremony to mark the fifth night of Chanukah will take place.

An email from the Chabad Community Center said, “If you don’t have a menorah for the parade, you can still plan to participate. Decorate your vehicle with balloons, streamers, garlands, write Hanukkah greetings with shoe polish, craft or buy Hanukkah car flags … and most importantly be prepared to say hello and smile as we spread the light ‘across the city.

As part of the evening, there will be prizes for decorated vehicles, music and a presentation of chocolate coins by the OKC fire department.

During the 2016 celebration, Rabbi Goldman explained the significance of the annual celebration: “The menorah is the symbol of the triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness. In these troubling times, we welcome the Festival of Lights and the timeless lessons of the Menorah. “

Goldman explained, “The prophets foretold a time when we will turn ‘swords into plowshares,’ the Lubavitcher Rebbe in blessed memory imagined that this prophecy would come true in our time.

Note: Pat McGuigan of The Oklahoma City Sentry contributed to this report. This story is developed and edited from a report in the print edition of the December 2021 newspaper.

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