Chabad Center to ‘Light up the Night’ in Lawrence with menorah lighting Sunday

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The Lawrence community is invited to the annual lighting of a 9-foot-tall menorah in front of the Lawrence Public Library.

The Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Lawrence hosts the Hanukkah celebration, which also features entertainment, holiday music and free gifts for all.

“This year, the theme of ‘Light up the Night’ symbolizes our commitment to spreading light and peace in the world,” according to a news release from Rabbi Zalman Tiechtel, co-director of the center. “Just as a little light dispels much darkness, when one person engages in kindness and good deeds; it benefits other people in the community.”

And this year, “To add a more dramatic display of light, a fire artist will perform live.”

Holiday foods and hot beverages will follow the lighting ceremony and fire performance, according to the release.

“We are always looking for new ideas for our annual Chanukah celebration to keep our community engaged and excited for this special Jewish holiday,” Tiechtel said in the release.

“The creation of light, counteracting the darkness, pandemic and global challenges, is especially important during this joyous time of the year. The message of Chanukah is the mandate for each of us to do our part to light up our own community and those around us.”

The roughly hourlong event is set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28 in front of the library, 707 Vermont St.

To learn more about Lawrence’s Chabad Center, visit

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