Chabad of Nanaimo will hold a menorah lighting ceremony on Dec. 4 at Bastion Square Park, 90 Front St., in Nanaimo. Hanukkah begins today, Dec. 2, and goes until Dec. 10 this year. (News Bulletin file)

Hanukkah to be celebrated with menorah lighting downtown

Ceremony and party to be held at Bastion Square Park on Dec. 4

Nanaimo’s Jewish community will light up Bastion Square Park with a Hanukkah celebration.

The eight-day Jewish festival of lights, commemorating a victory over a large Syrian-Greek army 2,000 years ago, begins today, Dec. 2, and Chabad of Nanaimo will host a menorah lighting Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m. followed by a party at the square by the Bastion and Pioneer Waterfront Plaza on Front Street.

The Greeks had destroyed candle-lighting oil, but the Jewish people found an oil jug that was supposed to last a day, but instead lasted eight.

Rabbi Bentzi Shemtov, Chabad of Nanaimo director, said the venue will be new and hopefully more central, as previous lightings have taken place at Nanaimo city hall. The menorah will be lit, there will be music and “a nice atmosphere of lighting up the darkness,” Shemtov said. Following that, a party will be held at the Best Western Dorchester Hotel with latkes (potato pancakes), doughnuts, dreidels and Lego.

Shemtov said there will be another celebration, Dec. 6 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at Nanaimo North Library.

“This year, we’re having also something open for the wider community,” said Shemtov. “We’re having Hanukkah story time at the library. That’s something new we’re doing for Hanukkah this year … we’re going to be reading there all about Hanukkah [with] some crafts and snacks with a Hanukkah theme.”

Shemtov said Hanukkah occurs at different times each year.

“The Jewish calendar is a lunar calendar and the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar, so our calendar year is 12 months, which is only about 29 or 30 days and the other calendar is 30, 31 days and therefore makes the regular calendar get a head of us and that’s why every few years we have a leap year … next year Hanukkah again will be later because in March, we’ll have a double month and then we’ll catch up the calender, because every few years, we have that extra month to fill up the days that we’re falling behind,” said Shemtov.

Shemtov also said light-up bracelets will be handed out on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information, go to www.jewishnanaimo.com.



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

City of Nanaimo ‘100 per cent’ on board with privacy commissioner recommendations

Council satisfied with how private and confidential information will be handled moving forward

Senior sentenced in Nanaimo for sexually abusing special-needs granddaughter

73-year-old Cortes Island man will go to jail for three years

Nanaimo rapper Sirreal presents variety show at the Queen’s

Performances at 420 Sharp Dressed Fam show will be filmed for live concert video

Nanaimo RCMP probe eight fires at Brechin Elementary School

Police say fires appear to have been set intentionally

BC Ferries to pilot selling beer and wine on select routes

Drinks from select B.C. breweries and VQA wineries to be sold on Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

Beefs & Bouquets, April 18

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

City wants public input on shopping bag bylaw

City launches public consultation on single-use shopping bags regulation

Flooding, climate change force Quebecers to rethink relationship with water

Compensation for victims of recurring floods limit to 50% of a home’s value, or a maximum of $100,000

Storms blast South, where tornadoes threaten several states

9.7 million people in the Carolinas and Virginia at a moderate risk of severe weather

Private cargo ship brings Easter feast to the space station

There are three Americans two Russians and one Canadian living on the space station

Notre Dame rector: “Computer glitch” possible fire culprit

The fire burned through the lattice of oak beams supporting the monument’s vaulted stone ceiling

Man pleads guilty to child porn charges in Nanaimo, Crown alleges 250,000 images

Psychiatric assessment requested by Crown, sentencing to be set June 4 in Nanaimo court

Federal environment minister in Nanaimo-Ladysmith to boost Liberal campaign

Catherine McKenna knocked on doors today with candidate Michelle Corfield

Most Read