Standing, from left - incoming Comox Coun. Jonathan Kerr, Rabbi Bentzi, Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells, Cumberland Mayor Leslie Baird, and Courtenay Coun. Doug Hillian attend a Hanukkah celebration at Courtenay City Hall. Rabbi Bentzi from Chabad Nanaimo & Central Vancouver Island was in the Comox Valley to mark the event. Photo submitted

Standing, from left - incoming Comox Coun. Jonathan Kerr, Rabbi Bentzi, Courtenay Mayor Bob Wells, Cumberland Mayor Leslie Baird, and Courtenay Coun. Doug Hillian attend a Hanukkah celebration at Courtenay City Hall. Rabbi Bentzi from Chabad Nanaimo & Central Vancouver Island was in the Comox Valley to mark the event. Photo submitted

Comox Valley Jewish community celebrates Hanukkah

Rabbi Bentzi, from Chabad Nanaimo & Central Vancouver Island, came to the Comox Valley Sunday to lead the local Jewish community in a celebration of Hanukkah.

The eight-day ‘Festival of Lights’ commemorates the rededication during the second century BC of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend, Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt.

The holiday begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, which typically lands in late November or early December, and is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts.

In 2021, Hanukkah began on Nov. 28, and ended at sundown, Dec. 6.

(source: history.com)

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