First Night of Chanukah Celebrated in Arcadia, Tuesday

Chabad Rabbi Sholom Stiefel helps Celebrate Jewish Heritage in Arcadia- Photos by Terry Miller

Chabad of Arcadia lit a 6-foot menorah erected at Arcadia Transit Plaza Tuesday evening around 6:15 p.m.

The community-wide celebration on the first night of Chanukah, which was Tuesday, Dec. 12.  Included the menorah lighting ceremony, dancing, singing and traditional foods of the season for all to enjoy.

The public menorah lighting was organized by Chabad Rabbi Sholom Stiefel of Chabad of Arcadia. “The Menorah serves as a symbol of Arcadia’s dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G-d freely, openly, and with pride. We chose a theme of the Statue of Liberty because specifically in America, a nation that was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution, the Menorah takes on profound significance, embodying both religious and constitutional principles.”

Arcadia’s menorah is one of thousands of large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad throughout the world, helping children and adults of all walks of life discover and enjoy the holiday message.

Throughout the State of California, Chabad will be presenting scores of Chanukah events and celebrations, including public menorah lighting’s, giant menorahs made out of ice and Legos, Menorah Parades, Latkes parties, Giant Dreidel Houses,“Chanukah Wonderlands” and more. To find a local event in California or practically anywhere throughout the world, visit For more information about Chanukah and a local schedule of events visit


December 11, 2017

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