Community members gather to light the Hanukkiah. Photo: Jake Sherman

PHOTOS: Kootenay Jewish community gathers to celebrate Hanukkah

The event brought together about 40 community members at Bigby Place

About 40 members of the Kootenay Jewish community gathered at Bigby Place to celebrate Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, on Saturday. Hanukkah commemorates the miracle that took place on the temple mount in Jerusalem around 2,500 years ago. The evening here in Nelson included traditional food, song, and dance.

Jake Sherman photos

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Jovinna Raabis basks in the Hanukkah glow. Photo: Jake Sherman

Community members say the traditional blessing for lighting the candles. Photo: Jake Sherman

Community members sing traditional song and dance. Photo: Jake Sherman

Chaya speaks to the kinderlach (children). Photo: Jake Sherman

Five-year-old Nava De Chezet does the chicken dance. Photo: Jake Sherman

Soufganiot, israeli donuts, are traditionally enjoyed this time of year. These ones are gluten free. Photo: Jake Sherman

Judy Banfield tells the story of Hanukkah. Photo: Jake Sherman

Nava De Chezet and mom light the Hanukkiah together. Photo: Jake Sherman

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