California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and joined Chabad of Sacramento to celebrate Chanukah at the 16th Annual Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony.
The MC and organizer was Rabbi Mendy Cohen, Director of Chabad of Sacramento.
Israel’s Counsul General to San Francisco, Akiva Tor, mentioned the last year this time Jews were killed in the Chabad House in Mumbai.
The Governor joined
Rabbi Chaim Nachum Cunin, Chief Executive of Chabad California, representing his father, West Coast Head Shliach Rabbi Shlomo Cunin, presented the govenor with a silver Menorah.
This year, guests at the Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony participated in a “reverse toy drive” sponsored by Disney.
“As we light this menorah today I encourage all Californians to reflect on its message of light, hope and freedom and to share that message with others,” Schwarzenegger said.
“Especially in these difficult times it is important that this season be one of thankfulness for what we do have and marked by generosity for those who are less fortunate.”
Schwarzenegger noted that 300 public Menorahs will be lighting around the state of California.
Chabad runs the largest network of educational and nonsectarian social services under Jewish auspices on the West Coast with more than 200 local community centers, more than 25 elementary and day schools and more than 30 summer camps, the governor office said.