Giant ice menorah will be lit next week in Milford

Chabad of Milford-Hebrew Congregation of Woodmont will hold its 10th annual Chanukah celebration at the Connecticut Post Mall in Milford on Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to join in the festivities, featuring the lighting of a giant menorah (nine-branch candelabra) made completely of ice, as well as crafts for children, music, donuts, dreidels and a raffle.

The ice menorah will be carved and sculpted beforehand by Ice Matters, a professional ice sculpting firm based in Cheshire.

"We are excited to bring the joy and light of the Chanukah holiday to the Milford community with our ice menorah," said Rabbi Schneur Wilhelm, spiritual leader of the congregation.

The menorah which will be set up in the Macy's Court on the lower level of the mall. Each year, Chabad brings a creative menorah to the mall. Past years have seen a balloon menorah, a Lego menorah, a coin menorah, and a can menorah, among others.

The holiday of Chanukah is celebrated for eight days, and this year it begins on Saturday evening, Dec. 24, and continues until Jan. 1 at nightfall. It commemorates the re-dedication of the Temple in Jerusalem, following the Jews’ victory over the ancient Assyrian-Greek Empire which sought to prevent them from practicing their faith. Chanukah also propagates the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression, and light over darkness.  

Chabad, an international organization dedicated to Jewish outreach, has more than 3,500 centers worldwide and is the largest network of Jewish and social services in the world. Chabad sponsors thousands of public menorah lightings across the country, from the White House lawn to the streets of midtown Manhattan, and in malls and parks from coast to coast.

“The menorah proclaims the universal message of religious freedom and tolerance," said Rabbi Wilhelm. "In ancient times our ancestors rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem with the menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place. We look forward to welcoming everyone at a warm and happy celebration.”

An additional celebration will take place the day before, on Monday, Dec. 26, on the Milford Green at 5:30 p.m.

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