JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Monday marked the first full day of Hanukkah, an ongoing celebration for people of the Jewish faith. During each night of the festival, people light candles on a Menorah for eight days and nights.
They also celebrate by eating fried foods and singing Hanukkah songs.
The celebration commemorates the rededication of the second temple in Jerusalem during the second century B.C. where Jewish people rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors.
LCDR and Chaplain Emily Rosenzweig explained the significance of this holiday for Eastern North Carolina.
“The idea of being proud to be Jewish. fits with this time of year, which is both in America, we can be publicly outwardly proud to be Jewish,” said Rosenzweig.
She also added it’s a special time for the Jewish community on base to celebrate because those who are away from their families can celebrate with others of the same faith.