INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Dozens of people gathered at Monument Circle on Saturday for a historical menorah lighting.
It was the first time a communal Hanukkah menorah was brought into the downtown district, according to the Young Jewish Professionals of Indianapolis who organized the event.
Three candles were lit on a large menorah to represent the third night of Hanukkah on Saturday night. The vacation started on Thursday at sunset.
A candle is lit every night for eight days of Hanukkah.
Hanukkah means “dedication” in Hebrew, also known as the Festival of Lights, and is celebrated every year on the occasion of the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem thousands of years ago.
At that time, the Jewish people were not sure whether they could light the menorah, as they only had enough oil for one day.
Dovid Grossbaum, co-founder of Young Jewish Professionals from Indianapolis, told News 8 that the message behind Hanukkah is not to let limited tools stop you from engaging in good.
“Even though you only have one bottle of oil, a small flash of oil that only lasts for a day’s work, light it up. Try it out and who knows, maybe it will shine forever, ”said Grossbaum.
Grossbaum said the organization had existed for 13 months. It was founded to celebrate more Jewish culture.
“We met amazing people on the way, both Jewish and non-Jewish,” added Grossbaum. “A large part of the team that helps me here are non-Jews who are enthusiastic about our organization and who volunteer for it. It’s really adorable. “
After the ceremony there were handmade kosher donuts and warm cocktails from Handlebar Indy.
Grossbaum plans to make menorah lighting an annual tradition.
There will be another menorah light in front of the Indiana Statehouse and a menorah light in downtown Carmel on Sunday at 3 p.m.