More than 450 people celebrated Chanukah last week at a series of events hosted across the region by The Schottenstein Chabad House.
On Thursday, Dec. 2, approximately 150 students gathered on the campus of The Ohio State University to participate in lighting a 12-foot Chanukah Menorah. The lighting was the only holiday event hosted by the university’s student union this year. Led by Rabbi Zalman and Sarah Deitsch, students sang traditional Chanukah songs and were treated to latkes and sufganiot.
Later that evening, approximately 75 residents of the city of Bexley gathered to light that community’s 12-foot Chanukah Menorah. Chabad’s Rabbi Levi Andrusier led the festivities. In addition to music and food, participants played dreidle games, danced and took home prizes and gifts.
On Saturday, Dec. 4, the public celebration of the Festival of Lights continued at Easton Town Center, a regional hub for shopping, entertainment and dining. More than 200 people gathered at the center of the shopping center to see yet another stunning, public Chanukah Menorah lighting.
The festivities concluded Sunday, Dec. 4, with an intimate celebration hosted at the home of Ohio Governor Ted and First Lady Frances Strickland. The annual event, held during each of the four year’s of Governor Strickland’s term, was highlighted by lighting the Chanukah Menorah and was hosted by The Schottenstein Chabad House and The Ohio Jewish Communities. During the event, Governor Strickland issued a proclamation in honor of the occasion and presented it to Rabbi Kaltmann and Rabbi Andrusier.