Celebrating the Festival of Lights

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The South Metro Denver Chabad Jewish Center made its way around different towns and cities to celebrate Hanukkah with community menorah lighting celebrations.

Four lighting celebrations took place: Dec. 16 at O’Brien Park in Parker, Dec. 18 at the Streets at Southglenn in Centennial, Dec. 20 at the Eastridge Recreation Center in Highlands Ranch and Dec. 23 at the Southlands Shopping Center in Aurora.

The purpose was to reach as many Jews as possible, said Rabbi Avraham Mintz. Some of the celebrations attracted a larger crowd than others, and some drew close 500 people, he added.

“Hanukkah reminds us that each of us is a walking menorah,” the rabbi said.

The highlight of the celebrations was the lighting of the giant menorah. Attendees also enjoyed music and the festive treats of latkes, donuts, chocolate gelt and warm beverages. Children especially enjoyed the arts and crafts table where they got to make their own dreidels.

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