The Saint John Jewish Historical Museum and Shaarei Zedek Synagogue invites all Saint John and area residents to join us as we celebrate Hanukkah, “The Festival of Lights”. The menorah lighting ceremony to mark the eighth day of Hanukkah will be held outside the Saint John Jewish Historical Museum/ Shaarei Zedek Synagogue, 91 Leinster Street, Saint John on Sunday, December 29, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Following the candle lighting, join us inside for an informal program of Hanukkah songs, stories for the children and light refreshments.

This eight-day festival celebrates the victory of the Maccabees over the Greeks in 165 B.C.E., allowing the Jews to regain their freedom to worship God. The central custom of the holiday is the lighting of the nine-branched menorah which represents the miracle of the oil in the eternal light. According to tradition, the oil burned for eight days rather than the one day expected. Other customs include playing with the dreidl and eating foods cooked in oil that are traditional to Hanukkah.

For more information call 633-1833 or email: sjjhm@nbnet.nb.ca.

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