Friday, December 04, 2020

Across Texas, the show of outdoor Hanukkah festivities must go on 

Most will be virtual, some will take place as part of tightly regulated events — but there will be menorah lightings and more Hanukkah festivities this year in Texas, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

"This year, more than ever, the light of Hanukkah is needed to increase the feeling of the triumph and eradication of evil with goodness, illness with health, sadness with joy," said Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, program director for Chabad in Houston, adding that the events this year have been "carefully chosen to adhere to best safety practices possible."

Through large outdoor menorah lightings and other public celebrations they organize every year for the eight-day Festival of Lights, Jewish communities large and small throughout the state — from Lubbock to El Paso to Corpus Christi — don't shy away from expressing their Jewish pride.

In Houston, the celebrations are among the largest in the state with a City Hall lighting ceremony, menorah car parade and "gelt drop" that involves the chocolate coins being dropped from a helicopter. It's all organized by the city's chapter of the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch movement, which is known for its outreach activities, especially its often sometimes outlandish public Hanukkah events.


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