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Yom Shabbat, 28 Tammuz 5777
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Hanukkah

The Synagogue of the Hills Hanukkah tradition is to gather together for at latke party at the home of one our members. A community menorah which was on display at Ellsworth Air Force Base during the "cold war" is lit and is on display during the 8 days and nights of Hanukkah.

The history of the community menorah follows;

During the Cold War Era, Colonel Meyer Garber of the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth Air Force Base, requested the base engineer to install a Hanukkiah (Hanukkah Menorah) outside of the base chapel.

The Hanukkiah recalls the Maccabean victory over the much larger Assyrian forces of the Greek Empire well over 2,000 years ago, and their subsequent rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. Each day of Hanukkah is commemorated by lighting another of its eight candles until on the eighth day all candles blaze. Given its unique history, the Hanukkiah also commemorates the officers and airmen of the 28th Bomb Wing who willingly put their lives at risk each day, flying to the edge of the Soviet Union during the Cold War knowing full well that if the President ordered them to destroy the enemies of our country, they would perish and never return. Many times during this period, crew members mentioned their strong emotions when they glimpsed the Hanukkiah shining like a beacon of freedom as they approached their home base here in the center of our great country. The Hanukkiah lights reminded them of the victory more than 2,000 years ago of the very same values they had pledged their lives to defend in the 20th century.

  • Menorah Main Street Square
    Stan Adelstein lights the community menorah in Main Street Square
  • Stan leading  Hanukkah lighting ceremony
    Stan reads a prayer to begin the Hanukkah Holiday.
  •  Community watches the Hanukkah menorah lighting
    Community watches the Hanukkah menorah lighting
  •  Hanukkah Happiness
    Hanukkah Happiness
  • Bundled up to watch the lighing ceremony
    Bundled up to watch the lighing ceremony
  •  Hanukkah holilday smiles
    Hanukkah holilday smiles
  • Menorah Main Street Square
  • Stan leading  Hanukkah lighting ceremony
  •  Community watches the Hanukkah menorah lighting
  •  Hanukkah Happiness
  • Bundled up to watch the lighing ceremony
  •  Hanukkah holilday smiles

Chanukah, meaning dedication in Hebrew

in Hanukah
Chanukah, meaning "dedication" in Hebrew, refers to the joyous eight-day celebration during which Jews commemorate the victory of the Macabees over the armies of Syria in 165 B.C.E. and the subsequent liberation and "re-dedication" of the Temple in Jerusalem.…