Old City kicks off Hanukkah with latkes, music, and one enormous menorah

Andrew Kramer
December 02, 2018 - 10:29 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) - An oversized menorah stood front and center at a community lighting in Old City, Sunday night, to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah.

Among the dozens of people, in the courtyard outside the Betsy Ross House, is Fern Klein who says she is just in awe looking at this giant menorah.

"It's absolutely beautiful, you can see it from a distance," she said.

Attendees also got to enjoy a snack as well, free latkes.

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Old City Jewish Arts Center Rabbi Zalman Wircberg helped out with this public lighting

"The idea is just not to keep everything for yourself, to share and to give," he said.

For Fern and many others, the victims of the Pittsburgh Synagogue massacre weighed heavy on their minds.

"It shows we're not afraid of anti-Semitism and we're showing the world that we stick together," she said.

The other candles will be lit right here, same spot each night throughout the rest of Hanukkah.