Wilmington’s Jewish community marks Hanukkah with downtown celebration

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Submitted: Tue, 12/03/2013 - 4:28am
Updated: Tue, 12/03/2013 - 1:42pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dozens of people from the Jewish community came together in downtown Wilmington to celebrate Hanukkah tonight.

There was a juggling show for the kids, dancing and traditional foods. Folks gathered at Riverfront Park after sundown to light the sixth candle on the menorah.

Organizers say everyone can use the message of the holiday in everyday life.

“Hopefully you can light your own little candle and use a little light of acts of goodness and kindness to light up the dark outside,” said Rabbi

This is the fifth year the menorah has been set up along the waterfront. It will stay there for the remainder of the holiday, which ends Thursday.


  • 20202 says:

    While I don’t disagree with you in principle, there is a key distinction here. The tree is owned by the city and they choose to call it a “Holiday Tree”, the issue you have is with them. The Menorah is not owned by the city, it belongs to the Jewish organization that arranged the lighting. They choose to call THEIR Menorah a “Menorah”.

  • 10101 says:

    In the Wilmington City Council spirit of celebrating the “holidays”, shouldn’t that be referred to as the “Holiday Seven Candle Holder”?

  • guest7969 says:

    AGREE..if its not CHRISTMAS..it can’t be called a Menorah…

  • guestwho says:

    When reporting on news/events relating specific to the Christmas “holiday” WWAY and other media outlets DO reference “Christmas”. When talking GENERALLY about what you may call the “Christmas” season and Jews may (or may not) call the “Hanukkah” season the general term “Holidays” is typically used. Grow up and step out your little box.

  • guestPopeArt says:

    Why is MY tax money supporting this religious outrage? No more tax breaks for anyone but the richest 1% be they Jews, Christians, Hindus or Muslims!

  • guestwho says:

    It doesn’t say anywhere who’s paying for what. Perhaps the Jewish Community paid for it, which is likely the case.

    So many (like you) on this Site are so eager to spew there anti-whatever thoughts on to these message boards that they don’t even care if they’re relevant to the story.

  • 10101 says:

    I don’t recall anyone talking about what WWAY or any other media source calls anything. My post was specifically about what Wilmington’s City Council calls a Christmas tree. Based on that reference, they shouldn’t call a Menorah a Menorah.

    Obviously, I don’t agree with their politically “correct” decision. If it’s perfectly OK to have a “Christmas Tree” at the White House, it shouldn’t be a problem in Wilmington to simply call a Christmas Tree a Christmas Tree. Any argument to the contrary is truly illogical.

    You must be a charter member of the Obtuse Society. If my reply is still too complicated for you let me know and I’ll send you a flow chart.

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