First day of Hanukkah Celebration in Ashland

ASHLAND, Ore. – Ashland celebrated the first day of Hanukkah in the Lithia Plaza Thursday night.

This was Ashland’s 21st menorah lighting in the plaza. Folks gathered to listen to live music, eat latkes and doughnuts, and watch as the 10-foot-tall menorah was lit.

One local Rabbi says they were there to bring light to the community.

“As much as we get the message out, because the message of Hanukkah has to be heard. The message of miracles, of light over darkness, of good over evil, and freedom over oppression,” said Rabbi Avi Zwiebel from the Chabad of Southern Oregon.

Thursday marks two months since the Hamas-Israel war started and statistics show antisemitism is on the rise. With all this hardship the community wouldn’t let the holiday go uncelebrated.

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