Chanukah doesn’t start until Saturday night, but celebrations kicked off today in Central Illinois.
The Chabad Jewish Center of Peoria assembled a menorah Friday at the Northwoods Mall. There’s two in town — one at the mall, and another at Knoxville and Glen. It’s the fifteenth year they’ve done this at the mall.
Eli Langsam, the Rabbi at the center, says they put up menorahs in public places to spread the message of Chanukah and show what the menorah really means.
“A symbol of religious freedom, and light over darkness, and good over evil,” Langsam says. “Living in today’s day and age, look at what just happened the other day in Berlin. There is really nothing better than bringing light into a dark world.”
The center will partner with Bradley University for Canorah, Monday, December 26th at 4:30 at Northwoods Mall. Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis will be on hand to light a menorah made out of canned goods. The cans will then be taken apart and donated to the Midwest Food Bank.