HOLDEN, Mass. — Members of the community are invited to come together to light the first candle on the Holden Menorah Dec. 8 and officially begin the town's celebration of Hanukkah.
The placement of the menorah at the bandstand was spearheaded seven years ago by Holden resident Jennifer Lish Lebeaux, who thought there should be some decoration for Hanukkah in town.
After she collected donations from private individuals and went before selectmen, the menorah was donated to the town and continues to be lit each year during the eight days of Hanukkah.
Furthermore, having the menorah at the bandstand allows the community to celebrate the holiday together, with residents gathering annually under the twinkling lights of the bandstand to sing traditional Hanukkah songs and reflect on the meaning of the important Jewish holiday.
Residents also are encouraged to bring non-perishable food, which will be contributed to the Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Worcester. The network is a coalition of 25 area congregations that provides housing and support for families with small children.
This year Hanukkah is from Dec. 8-16, and Saturday night's celebration begins at 5 p.m.
The Holden Bandstand is in front of the senior center at 1130 Main St.. For more information, contact Jennifer Lish Lebeaux at firstname.lastname@example.org