Community invited to menorah lighting event at Devonshire Mall


While Hanukkah is currently being observed around the world, the community is invited to join Chabad of Windsor Sunday evening in the lighting of Windsor’s tallest menorah. 

The annual tradition takes place at Devonshire Mall, in front of the old Sears building. 

Speaking on AM800's The Morning Drive, Rabbi Sholom Galperin, Chabad of Windsor says each year the event has a different theme. 

He says given the current climate, they decided to do a kindness menorah.

"So we have kids around the city writing little kindness notes on these little hearts, small little wood pieces. And all those kindness notes and messages are going to be put onto the menorah. The whole thing is going to be covered with these kindness messages and that's what we're going to light. Because the message of Hanukkah is to bring light into the world."

He says despite a small number of incidents in cities elsewhere, he says he's proud of who he is and doesn't feel threatened in Windsor.

"I think that it's an important thing that we come and understand that we have values, that we have goals, and certain things that are happening, but we as human beings have the obligation to be kind to people, to be nice to people and not bring in all of these things that are happening in the Middle-East into Windsor. Yes, it affects everyone, but that should not be the culture that is in Windsor."

Rabbi Galperin says attendees will be able to enjoy great holiday food.

"There's going to be the famous Latkes, which I don't know if people know is the potato pancakes. I would say Hanukkah is not the greatest holiday for your cholesterol level because the majority of the foods are all fried in oil because of the miracle. So Latkes, which is the potato pancakes, donuts, we're going to have all of those."

The free celebration and lighting gets underway at 5 p.m., children and adults are invited to arrive at 4 p.m. to help build the menorah. 

Hanukkah crafts will be available for kids, including a photo opportunity in front of an eight-foot dreidel.

Mayor Drew Dilkens and other public dignitaries are scheduled to attend.