State lawmakers light 18-foot menorah at State House

Boston Statehouse

Massachusetts lawmakers lit the menorah at the State House on Monday.

State officials joined members of the Jewish community to mark the beginning of Hanukkah by lighting an 18-foot menorah at the State House.

Monday’s ceremony was filled with uplifting messages of unity – state legislators came up one by one to show their support for religious freedom.

They also talked about the tragic events that happened at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo said, “there is light to be found in darkness and hope and faith triumph in the end.”

Speaker Deleo was joined by, Senate President Karen Spilka, Attorney General Maura Healey, Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, and Governor Charlie Baker.

School children from Newton sang songs in Hebrew as the legislators climbed on a lift to lit the menorah and show their support for Jewish communities across the Commonwealth.  

You can see the menorah near the grand staircase at the Massachusetts State House throughout the holiday season.

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