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December 9, 2018
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Cranberry Township Municipal Center
2525 Rochester Rd.

Cranberry Township, PA 16066
724-779-4 FUN (4386)
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Celebration of the Lighting of the Menorah

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Jews in Cranberry Township, together with friends and supporters representing every faith and corner of the region, will celebrate the final night of the eight-day observance of Hanukkah this year with a menorah lighting in front of the Township’s Municipal Center. All are welcome.

It includes, in addition to the lighting celebration, traditional foods and games as well as music and live entertainment starting at 4:00; the menorah lighting itself will take place at 5:30.

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, commemorates the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem in 165 B.C.  It celebrates the successful revolt by Jewish Maccabee rebels against the forces of Antiochus IV, whose army had trashed the Temple.  Once the invaders had been driven out, the Maccabees discovered that almost all of the Temple’s ritual olive oil had been defiled, finding only a single container still sealed by the High Priest.  Although it only contained enough oil to keep the menorah in the Temple lit for a single day, it burned for eight days.

The privately underwritten event, which is hosted by Cranberry Township, marks the sixth year that Hanukkah has been observed at the Municipal Center.