Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) – The neighborhood celebrated the primary public Hanukkah menorah lighting within the Metropolis of Lake Charles.
“That is the Hanukkah vacation we’re presently celebrating. “Louisiana is a giant, large celebration for the Chabad of Baton Rouge with a extremely nice menorah for Lake Charles,” stated Rabbi Barry Weinstein.
“We’re delighted to be right here to rejoice the ‘pageant of lights’ Hanukkah and that the Lake Charles neighborhood has joined us right here to seek out out what it is all about,” Sandy Desadier stated.
“The message of Hanukkah is to radiate mild and never simply do one favor, however hold including one, two, three, and 4 and simply radiate mild,” stated JJ Hellinger.
“Once we ignite that flame inside, it illuminates our environment and we all know that we will generally face robust and tough occasions or reside in darkish moments, and it is a bit of mild that dissipates an infinite quantity of darkness.” stated Rabbi Peretz Kazen.
A various group attended the occasion and everybody agreed that the occasion was about celebrating mild, variety and all faiths.
“In 2008, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana grew to become the primary Native American tribe to honor and welcome official representatives of the state of Israel,” stated David Sickey. “We held a friendship affirmation ceremony on the headquarters of the Coushatta Tribe, on tribal lands in Elton, Louisiana, and so it’s a privilege and a privilege to face in solidarity and rejoice the hundreds of years of custom of each peoples. It’s at all times a privilege and a privilege to have the ability to stand shoulder to shoulder and just for the Jewish neighborhood It is an excellent honor to have the ability to present our assist to the neighborhood, not only for the whole southwestern Louisiana neighborhood.”
Lake Charles Mayor Nic Hunter was there to make the celebration official.
“By my authority as a sovereign state of Louisiana and in my official capability as Mayor of the Metropolis of Lake Charles, I proclaim December 20, 2022, because the Hanukkah menorah lighting,” stated Mayor Hunter.
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