REGINA — More than 250 people showed up on a warm Dec. 7 evening to celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with the ceremonial lighting of a 20-foot tall menorah in front of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building.
Rabbi Avrahom Simmonds of the Chabad Jewish Centre along with Regina Qu’Appelle Valley MLA Laura Ross and Dr. Jeffrey Judelson perched atop a crane-raised bucket took part in the ceremonial lighting. Ross, representing the premier, who had other commitments that evening, received the honour of lighting the shamesh, the candle used to light the other candles.
Regina Mayor Michael Fougere also could not be present and sent a letter of good wishes which was read at the reception.
Judelson, a Regina eye doctor the Chabat Centre was honouring that evening, lit the first two lights, as Dec. 7 was the second day of Hanukkah.
Following the lighting, Rabbi Jeremy Parnes of Beth Jacob Synagogue led the singing of traditional Jewish music. Gathering inside one of the building galleries the crowed enjoyed latkes and other traditional Jewish foods.
Hanukkah commemorates the miracle of the Hanukkah oil, in which a one-day supply burned for eight days.