Photo credits: Kristine Hinrichs Photography
Light the Hoan and Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC, will partner to celebrate Hanukkah on the Hoan
Light the Hoan, in partnership with the Milwaukee Jewish Federation and the Harry & Rose Samson Family JSS, will light the Hoan Bridge in reflection of the Hanukkah menorah in celebration of Hanukkah 2020. A new support beam will be lit daily, from right to left, with flickering red, orange and yellow lights to represent the light of a candle’s flame. The first lighting ceremony will begin with lighting a support beam that symbolizes the Shamash, or helper candle, which will light each representative candle thereafter.
Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration that commemorates the Jewish rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE. During the rededication, there was just enough oil left to keep the menorah in the Temple aflame for one day; a miracle, the oil lasted eight days long. In remembrance of this miracle, candles on the menorah are lit in an eight-day celebration of light.
“Hanukkah is a time of celebration, a reminder that miraculous things can happen. We hope that lighting the Hoan will be an inspiration to all of Milwaukee to find the light within ourselves and others during challenging times,” said Moshe Katz., MJF Board Chair and past JCC Board Chair.
ABOUT MILWAUKEE JEWISH FEDERATION:
Through the development of community-wide financial support, planning and allocations, the mission of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation is to ensure the continuity of the Jewish people, to enhance the quality of Jewish life and to build a strong unified Jewish community in Milwaukee, in Israel and throughout the world. In fulfilling its mission, the Federation is committed to the principles of Klal Yisrael (the collective unity of the Jewish people), tzedakah (the obligation to care for one another) and tikkun olam (improving the society in which we live).
ABOUT HARRY & ROSE SAMSON FAMILY JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER:
The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) is a non-profit, social services agency serving the entire community with inclusive wellness, education, and community programs. Operating in six unique locations throughout the state of Wisconsin, the JCC creates spaces and opportunities for the entire community to experience values-focused, high-quality services for individuals and families of all backgrounds, abilities, and faiths. Celebrating the diversity of the Jewish community, the JCC serves as a meaningful destination for children and adults in over eighteen unique programmatic areas.