December 7, 2023 By Tien Do-Suarez, Vice Chair and Stephen Leary, Chair, Hingham Human Rights Commission
This evening, the heart of Hingham will be illuminated with the warm glow of tradition as the Hingham Human Rights Commission, in collaboration with the Hingham Unity Council, Congregation Sha’aray Shalom, the Hingham Community Center, and the Hingham Downtown Association, hosts a second annual downtown Hingham Chanukah Menorah Lighting outside the Hingham Community Center, 70 South Street at 5pm.
The Menorah Lighting holds special significance as it marks the beginning of Chanukah, the Festival of Lights, a time-honored Jewish tradition that symbolizes hope, unity, and the triumph of light over darkness. Tonight’s event, held in the heart of downtown Hingham, embodies the spirit of togetherness and inclusivity, welcoming people of all backgrounds to come together to celebrate the rich tapestry of our community.
“When I was a child, everyone called it Chanukah. It for me was not a religious holiday but more a cultural celebration of Jewish pride, determination and perseverance. The story of the Jewish rebellion and the recapture of the temple by Judah Maccabee and the miracle of the small amount of oil purifying and lighting the temple for 8 days also made it a celebration of light in dark times, which has multiple meanings, particularly given the time of year,” said Mike Tesler, member of Congregation Sha’aray Shalom and Event Committee member. “For me, this specific event is meaningful because it is about community, and all of Hingham sharing our thoughts and beliefs with each other.”
To add to the festive atmosphere, attendees can indulge in complimentary cocoa and donuts. Afterwards, you can shop local for your holiday needs at the Hingham Downtown Association’s Sip n Shop event, strolling participating downtown Hingham merchants who will remain open until 8pm tonight.
This celebration is not just a traditional religious observance; it is a new traditional communal celebration that transcends boundaries and fosters a sense of connection among Hingham residents.
As the sun sets and the first candle on the Menorah is kindled, the lights of downtown Hingham will reflect the warmth of a loving community. All are invited to join in this joyous celebration, share in the festive spirit, and witness the beauty of diversity shining bright in the heart of Hingham. Hope to see you there!