WORTHINGTON, Ohio (WCMH) — The Jewish Festival of Lights–Hanukkah–began its eighth night of celebration Sunday at sundown as families gathered around the world, serving a mix of holiday foods, singing holiday melodies, and playing traditional games such as spinning the dreidel.
Meteorologist Ben Gelber formed an ensemble five years ago to bring holiday music to seniors and the Central Ohio community. Today he performed with his group “Friday Night Live Music” for a lively audience of families at Congregation Beth Tikvah in Worthington, with lots of singing of popular melodies, and celebratory activities for the children.
Hanukkah celebrates religious freedom, and the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Maccabees that had been desecrated under the Seleucid Empire nearly 2,200 years ago.
The Festival of Lights commemorates how a single flask of oil kept the temple menorah or candelabrum miraculously lit for eight days. An additional candle is illuminated each night of the holiday, which began last Sunday at sundown, celebrating religious freedom, and the restoration of a historic place of worship.