Gulfport Celebrates Hanukkah with Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Hanukkah, or the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day celebration of two miracles.
GULFPORT – Congregation Beth Sholom of Gulfport will recognize Hanukkah, the Jewish faith’s eight-day celebration also known as the Festival of Lights, with a ceremonial lighting of the Menorah at Beach and Gulfport boulevards inside Clymer Park at 6 p.m. tonight (Dec. 12).
Hanukkah 2017 begins this evening and ends in the evening of Dec. 20. Also known as the Jewish Festival of Lights, the eight-day celebration of Hanukkah (or Chanukah) celebrates two miracles: a great Jewish military victory and a miraculous supply of oil for the Temple.
The Hanukkah menorah holds nine candles, one for each of the eight nights and an additional candle, the shammash, that’s used to light the others. One candle is lit on the first night, two on the second night, until all eight candles are lit on the eighth night. Hanukkah is a time to celebrate with family and friends, to eat holiday treats, to give gifts (especially to children) and to play the dreidel game.
Immediately following the event, refreshments will be served at the synagogue located at 1844 54th St. S. Congregation Beth Sholom of Gulfport, Florida sets a foundation for a strong inclusive Jewish community and is a Jewish synagogue that adheres to traditional conservative norms. Continuously operating in Gulfport since 1957, for information call (727) 321-3380 or go to bethsholomgulfport.org.
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