Hanukkah Begins at Sunset Saturday in Leadville
For this first time since 1959, Christmas Eve and the first night of Hanukkah fall on the same day, tomorrow December 24.
Also known as the Festival of Lights, Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. This year, Hanukkah begins at sunset Saturday, Dec. 24 and continues through Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017.
Leadville’s Tempe Isreal is the local Jewish synagogue, however there will not be any services during the Festival of Lights as the historic building acts more as a museum than plae of religious worship. In honor of Hanukkah, Leadville Today shares a few links to help expand your knowledge of Leadville’s Jewish heritage.
Celebrate Hanukkah! Leadville’s Jewish History
Videos Highlight Hebrew Cemetery, Temple Israel
This is an extensive, well-done interview concerning Leadville’s Jewish heritage and local efforts to preserve that history. The two-part radio interview includes information about the Temple Israel, located at 4th & Pine Streets. There is also some great Jewish music accompanying the interview, so enjoy!
The next link is to the story Leadville Today highlighting the Temple Israel’s renovation and open house held in 2012. If you haven’t been inside the synagogue yet, put it on your must-do list for next summer.
And finally, readers can find more information by visiting: www.jewishleadville.org. Happy Hanukkah!