A nine-foot Hanukkah menorah will soon be lit at Stuart Park across from City Hall.
The illumination will take place at 5:00 p.m. followed by a community-wide celebration.
Today is the first night of the eight day vacation.
The ceremony, hosted by the director of Chabad-Lubavitch Okanagan, Rabbi Shmuly Hecht, will feature city officials, guests and friends. After the menorah lighting ceremony, there will be traditional Latkas, Sufganiyot music and more.
“The Hanukkah message is the message of ever increasing light and hope, even in times of great darkness,” said Rabbi Hecht.
“The menorah serves as a symbol of Kelowna’s dedication to preserving and promoting the right and freedom of all of its citizens to worship God freely, openly and with pride, and to raise awareness of our little spark of light. divine which, when lit, can dispel much inner and outer darkness. “
The Menorah lighting is part of the Global Chanukah Campaign, an initiative launched by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, in memory fair, in 1973.
The Okanagan Chabad House will feature SCORES of Hanukkah events and celebrations, including public menorah lights and celebrations in Vernon, Salmon Arm, Blind Bay, Penticton, Peachland and more as part of the annual tour Chabad Okanagan Hanukkah across the valley.