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COLUMN: Public menorah lighting at Blue Mountain a first

All are welcome to menorah lighting on Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. at Blue Mountain Village
Rabbi Berel Shur will be leading the public menorah lighting ceremony at Blue Mountain Village on Dec. 10.

As we eagerly anticipate the upcoming holiday of Chanukah, I am thrilled to announce a momentous occasion for the Collingwood community: the inaugural public menorah lighting ceremony at Blue Mountain Village on Dec. 10, starting at 5 p.m. 

This event represents a significant milestone, and I am honoured to be part of this transformative experience. 

Guided by the principles of unity and communal celebration, this event signifies a new tradition, symbolized by the radiant lights of the menorah casting their glow across the heart of Blue Mountain Village. The menorah stands as a symbol of hope, triumphing over darkness and adversity – a beacon of unity for all to behold. 

Having the privilege to lead this ceremony, I am deeply committed to fostering community ties and spreading the joyous celebrations of Chanukah. This event isn't solely about the lighting of the menorah; it's an opportunity for us to come together, revel in the holiday spirit, and share in the timeless traditions that bind us. 

Expect an enchanting evening filled with Chanukah melodies that resonate the joyous essence of the holiday, accompanied by light refreshments and the chance to take home personal menorah kits, enabling everyone to partake in this beautiful tradition in the comfort of their homes. 

Beyond commemorating an ancient miracle, this public menorah lighting ceremony symbolizes the enduring values of religious freedom and unity, embracing the diversity that enriches our community.

Save the date: Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. Join us, the Collingwood community, in embracing this historic and heartwarming moment at our first public menorah lighting ceremony at Blue Mountain Village. 

Our sincere appreciation goes to Roman and Suzy Goldstein for sponsoring this event.

For those seeking further details about this enlightening program, please feel free to reach out to me via email at: [email protected]

Rabbi Shur, an esteemed Rabbi and experienced educator, has dedicated over a decade to Jewish outreach across Canada and the United States.Recently, Rabbi Shur, together with his wife Sara and their family, has commenced a meaningful Jewish outreach initiative in Collingwood and its vicinity, under the umbrella of Chabad of Ontario. They organize various events and activities, particularly focused on Jewish holidays, fostering a sense of community and celebration.