Hanukkah activities begin online and in homes | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Annual menorah lighting at City-County Building is broadcast via Zoom, as many families join in from home

In one sense, Hanukkah is a holiday well-suited to this time of pandemic: It’s a modest Jewish holiday that is mostly commemorated in the home with candle lighting, games, songs and treats such as latkes and chocolate gelt.

There are more-public observances, too, such as Thursday night’s lighting of a large menorah, or candelabrum, outside the City-County building Downtown to mark the start of the eight-day Jewish festival of lights.

“We’re sorry that this year you can’t be here with us at the City-County Building, but nevertheless, with the miracles of technology, a Hanukkah miracle, you can be here with us, bringing the light of joy of Hanukkah to all your homes,” Rabbi Yisroel Altein of Chabad of Squirrel Hill said during Thursday’s lighting, broadcast via Zoom.

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