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25th annual Hanukkah celebration in Palm Beach calls for unity

Posted: 4:07 AM, Dec 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-03 09:07:48Z

On Sunday, the 25th annual Hanukkah celebration calling for unity was held at Bradley Park in Palm Beach.

However, this year, after 11 lives were taken in a shooting at a Pittsburg Synagogue, the event was also a way to remember and honor the victims. 

“Our response is to increase light and love and goodness and that’s the way we fight the forces of darkness,” said Rabbi Moshe Scheiner.  

Rabbi Scheiner went on to say he believes the best way to honor the victims is to continue proudly practicing the Jewish faith.

“We will not let bullets or anything else stop us,” said Scheiner.

Despite it raining earlier in the day, Scheiner was pleased with this year’s turnout. 

“It’s really about making the holiday fun, focusing not he kids and having a good time,” said attendee James Schneider.

Kids were able to enjoy bounce houses, crafts and Hanukkah treats such as latkes and jelly doughnuts along with entertainment which included fire dancers.

“Tonight they only light one candle, the middle on is the shamas, and you only light one other one,” said attendee Sophia. 

A moment of silence was also held during the event to remember the lives taken during the synagogue shooting. 

“We go back thousands of years and this light will keep burning for thousands of years to come,” said Scheiner.