The Edmond Sun

December 5, 2012

Gov. Fallin to participate in inaugural Chanukah celebration at Capitol


The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Gov. Mary Fallin and First Gentleman Wade Christensen along with Chabad of Oklahoma will host and participate in a Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony at The Oklahoma State Capitol at 3 p.m. Friday. Rabbi Ovadia Goldman representing the Chabad branches throughout the state of Oklahoma will light a silver menorah candelabra with the governor in commemoration of the first day of Chanukah. Fallin is the first governor in known Oklahoma history to host and participate in an Oklahoma Chanukah Celebration and Menorah Lighting Ceremony.

The Oklahoma Capitol ceremony will take place in the Blue Room on the second floor, where the governor will address the invited guest with greetings for the Chanukah Holiday and participate in lighting the Chanukah Menorah. The Menorah lighting event will include many dignitaries, community leaders and clergy from Oklahoma. It will also include a musical performance, traditional treats of Latkes, Jelly Donuts and Drediels for all.

“This ceremony will kick off Chanukah events to be held this Chanukah around Oklahoma,” said Rabbi Ovadia Goldman. “The Chanukah celebrations promote religious pride and freedom for all mankind as part of the Chabad network of thousands of programs worldwide.”

Some of Oklahoma’s celebrations include “Chocolate Chanukah” for the whole family and celebrations for the mentally challenged, seniors, the incarcerated and more.

The Jewish holiday of Chanukah commemorates the rededication of the Jewish Temple by the Maccabaeus in 165 B.C.E., and is celebrated for eight days beginning the 25th day of Kislev corresponding this year to Dec. 8 at sundown through Dec. 16.

The Chanukah Menorah is a universal symbol of faith and hope when freedom wins over oppression, light overpowers darkness and decency triumphs over destruction.

For many years Chabad’s 3,300 institutions have actively promoted a greater awareness of the concepts of education, morality and decency amongst all people in Oklahoma, the United States and throughout the world.

For further information, contact Goldman, spiritual leader of Chabad Community Center for Jewish Life and Learning, at 503-9006 or rabbi@

jewishokc.com.