Kamloops' Jewish community celebrates start of Hanukkah

By Jill Sperling
December 12, 2017 - 4:37pm Updated: December 12, 2017 - 5:34pm

KAMLOOPS — Tonight marks the beginning of the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, the eight day Festival of Lights.

Jewish Community Centre of Kamloops President Heidi Coleman says Hanukkah is an exciting time for the city's small, but growing Jewish population. 

Coleman says the festival is celebrated with traditional food, gifts, dreidels, and a nightly lighting of a menorah candle. 

Hanukkah recognizes a miracle that followed the defeat of Syrian troops that had taken over the Temple in Jerusalem 2,500 years ago. 

"There was a bit of a war, there was a man named Judah Maccabee, he was the head of the Jewish fighters, and they overtook the Syrians," Coleman said. "When they got to the temple they wanted to light the menorah, they would use oil to light the lights, and there was a little bit of oil left and they were very upset because they didn't think they would be able to light all the lights, but God gave them a miracle, and the oil lasted for eight days, what should have only lasted for one lasted for eight days."

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