Lights of Unity

Nov 15, 2017

In light of recent tragic events in Texas, Las Vegas and around the world, the Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County invites you to celebrate the Festival of Lights with two “Lights of Unity” celebrations in the county, celebrating the light and joy of our shared freedoms and the immeasurable value of every human being.

The first event is the sixth annual Lynnwood public Menorah Lighting Ceremony, which will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Lynnwood City Hall (19100 44th Ave W, Lynnwood).  The event will feature speeches by the Rabbi of the Chabad Jewish Center and Lynnwood Mayor Nicola Smith, as well as the kindling of the giant nine-foot Menorah. There will also be holiday treats and a musical performance by the Seattle-based Klez Katz Klezmer band.

Join the community at a public display of unity at this exciting Menorah Lighting Ceremony. Bring the kids and make this your special Chanukah celebration. We encourage everyone to bring a candle to light in unity.

The second event is a Chanukah celebration that will take place at the Snohomish County Administration Building (3000 Rockefeller Avenue, Everett) on Sunday, Dec. 17 at 4 p.m.

The event will feature an olive press workshop, Chanukah Crafts for children, Menorah lighting, Chanukah treats and Menorah Kits. We will be honoring County Executive Dave Somers with lighting the central flame.

Chabad Centers all around the world are dedicated to spreading light and goodness in their respective communities.  Chabad’s answer to the darkness and destruction is an increase in light and warmth. The Jewish Center will host a public community-wide Chanukah celebration where the message of religious freedom is brought to the street.

The kindling of the Menorah each night of the holiday highlights Chanukah, a celebration for all time.

"It is a holiday that enriches our lives with the light of tradition," said Rabbi Berel Paltiel, director of the Chabad Jewish Center.  "In ancient times our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem with the Menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place." Chanukah also propagates the universal message that ultimately good prevails over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness.

In its Chanukah outreach campaign, Chabad of Snohomish County joins thousands of Chabad centers across the globe that are staging similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City’s statue of liberty to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad.

For more information, contact the Chabad Jewish Center at (425) 741-9633.

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