Menorah lighting in downtown Baltimore marks start of Hanukkah

December 13, 2017 12:18 am
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More than 100 people gathered Tuesday in downtown Baltimore’s McKeldin Square to light a 30-foot-high menorah and mark the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday that celebrates perseverance, faith and the power of light over darkness.

“War, might, force, is a power,” said Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, the regional director of Chabad Lubavitch of Maryland. “But light, the mind, ideas are far more powerful.”

Now in its eighth year, the Baltimore Chanukah Festival drew families from around the region for games, cookie decorating and music before the annual lighting.

Mayor Catherine Pugh, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer all attended the event, which is sponsored by by Chabad Lubavitch Center of Greater Baltimore and the city.


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