City of Vaughan Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Mayor Maurizio Bevilacqua and Members of Council joined residents, guests and City staff on Wednesday, December 12 in a special ceremony at Vaughan City Hall to celebrate Chanukah with the lighting of the menorah. “The message of Chanukah is a universal one of faith, tolerance and perseverance,” said Mayor Bevilacqua. Chanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day Jewish holiday celebrated each year to commemorate the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in the second century BCE. The festival is observed by the lighting of the menorah, which is the most recognizable symbol of Chanukah. Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, founder and spiritual leader of Chabad@Flamingo, led the menorah lighting ceremony. He was joined by Rabbi Zalman Grossbaum, Executive Director of Chabad Lubavitch of Southern Ontario, and Rabbi Baruch Zaltzman, Principal of the Shmuel Zahavy Cheder Chabad, and members of the Cheder Chabad choir.
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