Last Saturday was the final day of Hanukkah, and our Jewish community gathered to celebrate at the Temple! As a Roman Catholic priest, I am not Jewish of course, but I was invited to come along and had a great time (as well as learning a lot – but they will have to forgive me if I am inacurate in my terminology or description of the event…).
It started with some music by a band of members of the congregation, including traditional songs, dancing, and even some rap in Yiddish by David Wesson! Then some children (students of Henry Allen) presented a short play on “The Miracle of Hanukkah”.
Things got more serious with a commemoration of the fire that destroyed the previous temple building. However, the focus was positive. Carole Sharoff and Lou Goldish told how an elaborate and historic hanukiah (given by leaders of the state of Israel…
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