Lighting the menorah in Lyman Park

St. Helenan Stu Smith, 18-month-old Henry George Wark and his mother, Kathy Berez, lit the menorah in St. Helena’s Lyman Park on Dec. 13, 2015, which was nearly the end of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. This year's "Festival of Lights" is from Tuesday, Dec. 12 through Wednesday, Dec. 20.

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A large public menorah in St. Helena’s Lyman Park on Main Street across from the post office, will be lit each night during the eight nights of Chanukah, beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and ending on Wednesday, Dec. 20.

During each night of Chanukah, the community is invited to participate in lighting the menorah (actually, the “candles” are electric) at 6 p.m., each evening.

The dates for Chanukah are determined by the Jewish lunar calendar, and change every year. Nineteen years ago a small group of St. Helena citizens and several local churches — the St. Helena Catholic Church, United Methodist Church of St. Helena, First Baptist Church and Calvary Christian Center — donated this Chanukah menorah to the City of St. Helena to be displayed in Lyman Park during the Chanukah holiday. A menorah is a nine-branched candelabra used only during the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, the “Festival of Lights.”

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