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Celebrating Hannukah

Senior Rabbi Leonardo Bitran of Temple Beth El in Rochester discussed the Jewish holiday of Hannukah and his Temple's new Menorah Friday on News 8 at Noon.
Senior Rabbi Leonardo Bitran of Temple Beth El in Rochester discussed the Jewish holiday of Hannukah and his Temple's new Menorah Friday on News 8 at Noon.

Rabbi Bitran explained Hannukah's origins, and the role a small group of Jews played in preserving their faith.  Oiled used by the group to light the Menorah in the Temple in Jerusalem lasted for eight days, and so it is the Menorah we see today has eight branches with a guiding light in the middle.

Temple Beth El has a new Menorah on display this holiday season courtesy of a generous donation from Lewis Norry.  It stands nine feet tall, seven feet wide and weighs 210 lbs.  It is positioned outside the temple for the community at large to enjoy as well.

Each night during Hannukah, which began Wednesday at sundown, a new candle is lit.  Friday's ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. and the public is welcome to observe the lighting.

The lighting schedule for the remainder of Hannukah is as follows:

Saturday, November 30, 6 p.m.
Sunday, December 1, 6:20 p.m.
Monday, December 2, 6 p.m.
Tuesday, December 3, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, December 4, 6 p.m.

Temple Beth El is located at 139 Winton Road South in Rochester.  
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