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Happy Hanukkah from the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project

By skennedy on November 30, 2018 10:32 AM | Permalink
  • Longtime Las Vegas resident Dorothy Eisenberg reads to fourth-grade students attending the school bearing her name. (December 08, 2016 © UNLV Libraries Special Collections / Aaron Mayes, PH-00389_20161208_UNLVsc_0816)

  • Chabad of Green Valley Rabbi Mendy Harlig, left, assits in lighting a Menorah during the "Light up The District Grand Menorah Lighting Ceremony" held at the District retail center in Henderson. (December 26, 2016 © UNLV Libraries Special Collections / Aaron Mayes, PH-00389_20161226_UNLVsc_1339)

As Hanukkah 2018 begins, the traditions of our Jewish community literally light up. While this eight-day Festival of Lights is a minor Jewish religious holiday, events occur around the city where Hanukkah sparkles side by side with the seasonal joy of Christmas.

Within the Southern Nevada Jewish Heritage Project, Dorothy Eisenberg talks of the importance of sharing her religious traditions with the students at her namesake school. There have been years when she made latkes (potato pancakes, a holiday favorite) for her school. Now 90-years-old, Dorothy imparts the story of Hanukkah and passes out an embossed pencil to each student.

Community menorah lightings are hosted throughout the valley, such as by the Chabad of Henderson at the District at Green Valley District.