SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s the first night of Hanukkah and like everything else this year, celebrations will look much different.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno attended the annual Hanukkah Celebration with Lubavicher Yeshiva Academy for the lighting of the Menorah in Court Square to mark the beginning of Hanukkah.
This year the ceremony was held under COVID-19 guidelines and didn’t host any events after the lighting of the Menorah. There were only 25 participants allowed at the Menorah lighting.
“Although this year has toned down or canceled many of our usual events, we still need to acknowledge and celebrate positive occasions where we can, safely and within the COVID-19 protocols. I want to thank Rabbi Noach Kosofsky and everyone at the Lubavicher Yeshiva Academy for continuing with the lighting of the Menorah in our beautiful Court Square, even during these surreal and challenging times,” said Mayor Sarno.
The Menorah in Court Square will remain lit all Thursday evening. The second candle will be lit Friday.
“The candles are message of light light means clarity when things are dark we don’t know where to go we don’t know where to turn and lights light up the road,” said Rabbi Chaim Kosofsky.
If anyone is in need of a menorah or candles you can contact LYA in Longmeadow for help.