The Kosher Way to Light It Up Las Cruces -

The Chabad of Las Cruces invites you to Light It Up Las Cruces, at Plaza de Las Cruces, Sunday, November 28, 2021, 4:30 p.m. Come celebrate Jewish Pride and the first night of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, with the lighting of an 18-foot menorah, the largest in southern New Mexico. Symbolizing the ideal of universal enlightenment, the menorah is a candelabra holding nine candles, one for each night of Hanukkah, with an extra “shamash” to light the others. This symbol will blaze brightly while attendees enjoy gourmet foods, arts and crafts vendors, games, giveaways and even a Mega Chanukah concert.

Sponsored by the Chabad Jewish Center de Las Cruces, a full evening of activities has been planned. Kids will love the gelt drop, in which chocolate coins are dropped from a fire truck courtesy of the Las Cruces Fire Department. Also included are a moon bounce, arts and crafts vendors and a build-a-dreidel workshop. Traditional decorations will also be on display and for sale by some vendors. Don’t forget to stop by the pop-up Chanukah booth. Then, once darkness falls, Las Cruces’ own Odd Lab will light things up with a pyrotechnic-heavy floor show.

Jewish food is a unique experience not to be missed, which is why you’ll want to try the delicious potato latkes – sweet potato, beet and pastrami among them. Also available will be gourmet donuts known as sufganiyot. These pillowy confections are eaten in Israel and around the world during Chanukah. Both of these treats are traditional to the Jewish people, because fried foods symbolize the miracle of oil that burned in eight days, instead of one, in the Chanukah story. Come with an appetite, you’ll need it!

The highlight of the evening, beyond those on the giant menorah, will be a performance by internationally-known Jewish soul singer Tali Yess. The son of musical legend Moshe Yess, Tali’s repertoire consists mainly of profound Jewish morals sung in English. Combining original songs with Jewish standards, his music spans genres and generations of both Jewish and American music.

The evening promises to be fun for all ages and is open to all. For more information, visit the website, or call 575-524-1330.

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