The event culminated with the whole crowd walking out onto Harvard St. where a six foot tall, five hundred pound Ice Sculpture Menorah was being carved out of a solid block of ice. The crowd watched in awe as the Ice Menorah was lit by several families representing the community. Everyone joined in the celebration, singing the traditional Chanukah melodies accompanied live by DJ Larry.
“The menorah serves as a symbol of hope, light and freedom of religious expression.” Rabbi Dovid Bush, Youth Director at The Chai Center said.
Devorah Bush, who directs the Hebrew School of the Arts shared, “The Menorah is traditionally lit by night. The Chanukah message is universal; to continue doing good even when it's difficult, and to fight darkness with light. That’s why we are bringing the Menorah out to the public for all to share; the flame of the menorah can warm the coldest of places (ice menorah) and brighten the darkest areas in our lives. Light is contagious. The idea is to spread warmth, joy, and inspiration to everyone.”
"We like keeping the holidays fun and meaningful," said Rabbi Dovid, "Chanukah is the prefect holiday for that. After all, who doesn't like a good jelly doughnut"?
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