FOURTEEN-FOOT LED MENORAH TO LIGHT UP MORRISTOWN!
The Rabbinical College of America, and its affiliate, Chabad Young Professionals of Morristown, will ignite a public 14-foot menorah erected at the Morristown Green, followed by a community-wide celebration on the second night of Chanukah, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at 5:30 pm.
The ceremony will feature the Mayor of Morristown the Honorable Tim Dougherty, the dean of the Rabbinical College, Rabbi Moshe Herson, and other community leaders and dignitaries.
Following the menorah lighting ceremony, participants will enjoy jelly doughnuts (a traditional Chanukah treat), a concert by the Cheder choir of Morristown, and a show by Steve Mills of the dazzling Mills Family.
Dr. Sol Barer, Chairman of Teva Pharmaceutical, will light the Menorah.
The public menorah lighting was organized by Rabbi Moishe Gurevitz, director of Chabad Young professionals – Morristown, who remarked, “The Menorah serves as a symbol of Morristown’s dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G-d freely, openly, and with pride.
“Specifically in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution, the Menorah takes on profound significance, embodying both religious and constitutional principles.”
Chabad would like to thank our sponsors, Shoprite of Morristown, J and S designer Flooring, Riker Danzig, and Morgan Stanley of Morristown.
Also sponsoring are Ricciardi Brothers, and Rago Brothers. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.
Chabad Young Professionals will also be hosting their annual Chanukah party for the Young Jewish Professional population on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at the Horseshoe Tavern in Morristown.
Additional Chanukha events this year by Chabad of Morristown include “Kids in the Kosher Kitchen,” for children, and “Drinks and Dreidels” for Young Jewish Professionals. More information can be found at the sites above.
Morristown’s Menorah is one of thousands of large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad throughout the world, helping children and adults of all walks of life discover and enjoy the holiday message.
Throughout the State of New Jersey, The Rabbinical college of America will be presenting scores of Chanukah events and celebrations, including public menorah lightings, giant menorahs made out of ice and Legos, Menorah Parades, Latkes parties, Giant Dreidel Houses, “Chanukah Wonderlands” and more.
To find a local event in New Jersey or practically anywhere throughout the world, visit www.Chabad.org/Chanukah. For more information about Chanukah and a local schedule of events visit CypMorristown.com.
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, recalls the victory more than 2,100 years ago of a militarily weak but spiritually strong Jewish people, who defeated a ruthless enemy that had overrun ancient Israel and sought to impose restrictions on the Jewish way of life, prohibit religious freedom and force the Jewish people to accept a foreign religion.
During the occupation of Jerusalem and the Temple, the Syrian Greeks desecrated and defiled the oils prepared for the lighting of the Menorah, which was part of the daily service in the temple. Upon recapturing the Temple from the Syrian Greeks, the Jewish people found only one jar of undefiled oil, enough to burn only one day, but it lasted miraculously for eight days until new, pure olive oil was produced.
In commemoration of this event, the Jewish people celebrate Chanukah for eight days by lighting an eight-branched candelabra known as a Menorah. The Menorah is placed in highly-visible place to publicize the miracle, with its message of hope and religious freedom, to all.
Today, people of all faiths consider the Chanukah holiday as a symbol and message of the triumph of freedom over oppression, of spirit over matter, of light over darkness.