Dec 2, 2010 1:37 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow
Wednesday night marked the first night of Hanukkah and a group wants to raise community awareness about the Jewish holiday.
We are going out to visit a local family home in the Kissing Camels area that is hosting a Hanukkah party to learn more about the holiday's festivities. Hadassah, a Zionist non-profit organization, is sponsoring the event, too.
Local merchants have donated goods to the event and proceeds will go to the Starlight Children's Foundation.
After lunch, the ladies, all part of the Hadassah organization, sang while lighting the menorah.
Hanukkah, Kate Raphael says, "Is a celebration of religious freedom; and it is a time for the Jewish people to come together and celebrate with family and friends."
All the women brought gifts to donate to the Starlight Children's Foundation. "We wanted to do a special mitzvah* [for this year's Hanukkah party]," says Raphael.
"We felt that the Starlight Foundation was keeping with our mission of helping children who are ill," she adds.
*A "mitzvah," Raphael says, "Is a commandment and, which we also us in the terms of doing a good deed."