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The following is a press release from the Chabad Jewish Center:
The Jewish community will celebrate the Festival of Lights at the annual public Menorah lighting ceremony. The Chanukah celebration a project of the Chabad Jewish Center, will take place on Tuesday, December 11th at 6 PM (the 4th night of Chanukah) on the Needham Town Common. The past few years have featured Menorahs made out of ice, toys, legos, balloons and even humans.
This year, in partnership with Parametric Technology Corporation (PTC) there was a contest to choose the Menorah which will be lit in front on the town common. Contestants built a virtual Menorah using PTC's Creo® product design software. The most creative and original Menorah will be chosen to be manufactured and lit on the Needham Town Common on December 11th. The winner will also receive an iPad or $500 cash.
Following the kindling, the program will feature live music, dancing, donuts, hot beverages and more. Chanukah propagates the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness. For many, Chanukah brings back fond memories of childhood years and serves to renew a sense of Jewish identity. The Chanukah lights provide us with warmth, joy, strength and inspiration. Such is the purpose of a community-wide celebration to be held at the Needham Town Common.
In its Chanukah outreach campaign, the Chabad Jewish Center joins thousands of Chabad Lubavitch centers across the globe, which are staging similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience the joy of Chanukah with Chabad Lubavitch.
More About Chabad Jewish Center
The Chabad Jewish Center services the communities of Needham, Westwood, Dover and Dedham. The center practices Ahavas Yisroel, which is "an unconditional love and concern for every Jew, regardless of age, background, affiliation or level of observance," according to the official Web site.
In lieu of a synagogue, Chabad has a Shul, which is Yiddish for a place of prayer and study, an environment that speaks to the characteristics of home. All are welcome to services here.
Chabad also provides weekly adult education classes on the Torah, as well Hebrew School for children. Additionally, Chabad offers Shabbat dinners, a women's circle, a community circle and kids' workshops. Community outreach includes Mitzvah campaigns, hospital visitations, Kosher Awareness Day and other programs.