Chicago received one last
gift on the last night of Chanukah this year.
On Wednesday, the
eighth and final night of the holiday, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel visited the
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago to light the
menorah (Chanukah lamp) during a ceremony co-sponsored by the City of Chicago.
JUF/JF President Steven B. Nasatir introduced the mayor.
"Chanukah is all about freedom," Nasatir said. "Here we are, thousands of
years later. living in this great country, a country that has provided freedom
for all Americans, in a wonderful community, in an extraordinary city that's
headed by a mayor who exhibits vigor and wisdom every single day."
want to thank the Jewish United Fund not for what it's doing today, but because
the Jewish United Fund lights Chanukah [every day]!" said Mayor Emanuel. "What
is Chanukah? Bringing light to those who live in the shadows and making sure
that people, regardless of where they live, have light in their life. We have
to contribute part of our light to helping others that are less fortunate
regardless of where they live across the world or across the city. I want to
thank the Jewish United Fund for your commitment to helping lift others up.
This holiday should help all of us recommit to helping others who are less
fortunate in our city, remember them, not just today, and not just in the
holiday season, but yearlong."
The spirited children's choir from the
Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School sang three songs during the candle
lighting, including a Matisyahu song called "Miracle."
lighting came a week after the first night of the Festival of Lights, which
coincided this year with Thanksgiving Day.