Havurah Hanukkah Faire set for Saturday
The eight days and nights of Hanukkah will light up the Rogue Valley, with the Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon heading multiple menorah lightings and holiday events to celebrate the season.
The Chabad will host three public menorah lighting events across the Rogue Valley, starting with a 4:30 p.m. celebration Thursday, Dec. 7, with a 10-foot Hanukkah menorah on Ashland Plaza. Another menorah lighting will be hosted in downtown Medford’s Vogel Plaza at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, and the third celebration will be in Grants Pass’ Riverside Park at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, featuring Grants Pass Mayor Sara Bristol.
The menorah-lighting events are open to all regardless of religion, ethnicity or any other factor.
Hanukkah symbolizes “a message of positivity and the hope of a better future, with the message of the light of the menorah bringing more light into the world,” said Rabbi Avi Zwiebel of the Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon. “That’s the message of Hanukkah, doing more aspects of kindness.”
In Ashland, the grand menorah lighting will include festivities beyond the lighting ceremony.
“There will be a lot of fun activities and games and crafts,” Zwiebel said. “We’ll have music and the traditional food of Hanukkah like the latke with pancakes and doughnuts as well.”
The Chabad will also hold its annual Children’s Hanukkah Fair from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, Dec. 10, a pop-up Hanukkah gift shop from 9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, Dec. 3-7, and community deli party with an array of food to eat — from matzo ball soup to authentic New York pastrami sandwiches. The Chabad Jewish Center of Southern Oregon is at 1474 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.
Due to the recent rise of antisemitism, security will be present at the Ashland menorah lighting and other Chabad events to ensure the safety of attendees.
“We’ve had (security) in the past but want to make sure people are not afraid to come; it’s a special precaution,” Zweibel said.
To learn more about Hanukkah events being hosted by the Chabad, visit chabadofashland.org/Chanukah2023.