Story by A.J. Arias
The Village of Florida celebrated the second night of Hanukkah on Mon., Dec. 3 by hosting a menorah lighting outside of the Florida Village Hall. Village of Florida Mayor Daniel Harter, Jr. and Rabbi Meir Borenstein led the celebration.
Guests were greeted to holiday songs and traditions, including receiving dreidels and latkes. The late afternoon event was filled with holiday cheer. Everyone gathered inside of the Village courtroom following the menorah lighting to mingle and eat donuts and drink hot chocolate.
Mayor Harter gave a speech thanking everyone for attending and wished everyone continued happiness throughout the rest of the holiday season.
Rabbi Borenstein, from the Chabad Center of Orange County, reminded guests that Hanukkah is a universal holiday. Borenstein said that Hanukkah is not just a holiday about the miracle of the oil, but a celebration of the Jew’s success in their fight to continue practicing their religion.
Borenstein said that everyone could relate to that as people’s ability to practice their religion freely is still challenged today, going on to mention the recent shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburg, PA.
The Menorah Lighting Celebration in the Village of Florida is an annual event sponsored by the Village of Florida.