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Light Up Las Cruces to kick off the Hanukkah holiday

LAS CRUCES – Hundreds of residents will begin the Hanukkah celebration in downtown Cruces as they watch the menorah light up during Light Up Las Cruces, the largest Hanukkah celebration in the area.

Lt. Gov. Howie Morales will open the event on Sunday, November 28th, by illuminating the tallest menorah in the Southwest – an oversized 18-foot menorah – on the first night of Hanukkah.

The public celebration, hosted by the Chabad Jewish Center of Las Cruces, starts at 4:30 pm in the Plaza de Las Cruces in the city center and is open to all and free of charge.

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The new, tailor-made menorah, embedded in the silhouette of the Organ Mountains, is an allusion to the city and the beautiful surroundings. In the Jewish tradition, the number 18 corresponds to the Hebrew word “Chai” which means and symbolizes “life”, and this menorah brings together all these themes – life, light and love.

In keeping with the theme of Chanukah, the Festival of Light, the Las Cruces Fire Department will treat the crowd with a chocolate coin gel drop from the top of an extended fire truck, followed by an Odd Lab fire show.

This year’s free “mega-event” includes a live concert by Tali Yess – a second generation singer and songwriter – Chanukah hats for the participants and many other giveaways, handicrafts, moon bounce, face-painting and a balloon artist. A Chanukah pop-up shop will be available for purchase with menora and other decorations.

A range of edible treats will also be available, including traditional jelly donuts, a variety of latkes (potato, sweet potato, spinach or zucchini pancakes) with a twist of toppings (New York Kosher Brisket Pastrami, Applesauce, Hatch Green Chili and more ).

“Chanukah is the holiday when light triumphs over darkness,” said Rabbi Bery Schmukler, co-director of Chabad. “The lighting of the menorah is a reminder to us to illuminate this world by enhancing random acts of kindness and kindness and by spreading physical and spiritual light in our surroundings.”

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The purpose of this event is to bring the entire southern New Mexico community together for Hanukkah, Rabbi Bery Schmukler said in a press release. In a safe, outdoor setting, plans are underway to make this year’s celebration the biggest, most exciting event yet.

“We are very excited to bring the Chanukah concert and lighting back to the community,” he said.

For more information, visit www.JewishLC.com or call 575-524-1330.

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