Public menorah-lighting ceremony set for Shops at Hilltop Tuesday


Richmond Mayor Tom Butt will join Chabad of Richmond in lighting a public Hanukkah menorah at the Shops at Hilltop during a community-wide celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 12, which is the first night of the eight-day holiday.

The mall at 2200 Hilltop Mall Road is hosting the Chanukah Party above center court from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will include dancing, singing and traditional Hanukkah foods such as latkes, jelly donuts and chocolate gelt, according to Chabad of Richmond, the center that aims to connect local Jews of all backgrounds with their roots.

“This year brings added significance as the world marks 50 years since the Rebbe—Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson,—initiated the Mitzvah Campaigns, a historic undertaking that brought Jewish observance and celebration to the streets, laying the groundwork for public menorahs and the worldwide Hanukkah campaign,” according to Chabad.

Rabbi Yitchok Wagner, Chabad’s Regional Director, says the message of Hanukkah is the message of light that is “always victorious over darkness.”

“A small amount of light dispels a lot of darkness,” Rabbi Wagner said. “Another act of goodness and kindness, another act of light, can make all the difference.”

Richmond’s menorah is one of more than 15,000 large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad in more than 100 countries and territories around the world, including in front of landmarks such as the White House, the Eiffel Tower, Trafalgar Square, the Brandenburg Gate and the Kremlin, helping children and adults of all backgrounds discover and enjoy the holiday message.

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