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Dec 2, 2010 1:37 PM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Local Hanukkah party

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.
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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."

 

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