Hundreds turn out to celebrate Menorah lighting in Lynnwood

Rabbi Berel Paltiel lights the 9-foot menorah at Lynnwood City Hall Sunday. (Photo courtesy City of Lynnwood)
Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell and Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers attended the event. (Photo courtesy City of Lynnwood)
Rabbi Paltiel speaks to the crowd. (Photo courtesy City of Lynnwood)
Attendees take advantage of a photo op with the menorah. (Photo courtesy Rabbi Paltiel)
Rabbi Paltiel with attendee Barry Siskin, showing off his Hanukkah sweater. (Photo courtesy Rabbi Paltiel)

Hundreds braved the snow Sunday to attend the 11th annual Menorah Lighting and Celebration sponsored by Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County at Lynnwood City Hall.

Rabbi Berel Paltiel of the Chabad Jewish Center of Snohomish County lit the 9-foot Menorah, and attendees enjoyed holiday treats, face painting, personal Menorah kits and a Hanukkah musical performance by the Seattle-based Klez Katz Klezmer band.

Elected officials speaking at the event included Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers and Lynnwood Mayor Christine Frizzell.

The Menorah lighting is part of the worldwide Hanukkah campaign, launched in 1973, that highlights and encourages the central theme of the holiday — publicizing the story of the Hanukkah miracle. Lynnwood’s menorah is one of more than 15,000 large public menorahs sponsored by Chabad in more than 100 countries around the world, including in front of landmarks such as the White House and the Eiffel Tower.

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