Community invited to lighting of first candle of Hanukkah in Hilo with Ahava ‘Aina
Ahava ‘Aina is inviting everyone to participate in the lighting of the first candle of Hanukkah with Rabbi Rachel at the Grand Naniloa Resort, located at 93 Banyan Drive in Hilo, on Dec. 18 at 4 p.m.
“Lighting the menorah’s candles symbolizes igniting the light that shines within us all. With anti-semitism on the rise, that’s an extremely important message,” said Rabbi Rachel. “When it gets dark, we can light up the world with a single candle.”
As always, this will be a community cultural experience for everyone to enjoy where people of all ages, faiths and beliefs are welcome.
Aloha Mondays will be providing an assortment of Hanukkah treats with a twist, with everything from a latke bar to sufganiyot, also known as a traditional jelly filled donut. There also will be live music by Russell Ruderman and the Ahava ‘Aina Jewish Jam Band, Rabbi Rachel’s famous rap, dreidel, arts and crafts, storytelling, keiki activities and more.
“One thing is guaranteed, you will have an amazing time – it’s Hanukkah, we’re celebrating a miracle,” said the Rabbi. “This will be a fun and unique cultural community experience you definitely won’t want to miss. Looking forward to celebrating YOUR light.”
Tickets are available online now at AhavaAina.com — keiki 5 and younger are free.
Ahava ‘Aina is a nonprofit led by Rabbi Short on a mission to heal the world, and build the first Jewish cultural community center and synagogue in East Hawai’i.