On the first night of Chanukah, about 100 people came together at Holyoke City Hall for the town’s first public menorah lighting. The crowd was welcomed by Mayor Alex Morse, who also thanked Andrea Fox of Sons of Zion for helping to make the event happen. The effort to purchase the 9-foot tall menorah was supported by the Jewish Federation of Western Mass. and the Epstein Family Donor Advised Fund. Members of both Holyoke synagogues — Congregation Sons of Zion and Congregation Rodphey Sholom – as well as the general community attended the event. Rabbi Saul Perlmutter spoke about the meaning of Chanukah, blessings were recited and the SOZ chorus led everyone in spirited songs, followed by latkes and other treats inside City Hall.
CAP: Rabbi Saul Perlmutter, left, led the crowd in song to celebrate the lighting of the menorah.