Rabbi Harry writes:
Partners in Light – Emanu-El’s public Hanukkah Menorah Lighting – was a fantastic fun filled evening.
We lit our giant oversized hanukkiah (to give it its proper Hebrew name), designed and built by Ed Walker.
We had amazing music by the Victoria High School Rhythm & Blues Band: starting with some classic R&B, followed by some Hanukkah songs and a rousing rendition of Hava Nagila.
Aaron Severs was our master of ceremonies, and a short teaching by Rabbi Harry. Mayor Fortin shared a few words and lit the first candle along with other members of city council. MLA Lana Popham lit a candle and was followed by the leadership of Cool Aid, Out of the Rain, Burnside Gorge, The Coalition to End Homelessness, Faith in Action and of course our own Penny Tennenhouse representing Avodah.
The intention of the evening was to offer thanks to our partners in social action and to use the word ḥanukkah –which means dedication – to dedicate ourselves to the fight against poverty and social injustice.
We all enjoyed some Hanukkah treats and the dancing was super fun. Can’t wait till next year.