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Menorah lit outside WVU’s Mountainlair

Photo by Mick Posey The WVU Chabad Center held its sixth-annual menorah lighting in front of the Mountainlair Tuesday.
Photo by Mick Posey
The WVU Chabad Center held its sixth-annual menorah lighting in front of the Mountainlair Tuesday.

By Daniel Schatz

Daily Athenaeum

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Mountaineer Jewish community came together Tuesday evening to celebrate Hanukkah, or the festival of lights.

Outside the Mountainlair, people celebrated the Jewish holiday by lighting a 10-foot-tall menorah, singing songs and eating latkes and different kinds of doughnuts.

On Hanukkah, the menorah is lit to commemorate a Jewish miracle when an insufficient amount of oil was left in the community menorah, but it stayed aflame for eight days longer than was expected.

The flame left in the menorah signifies the resilience of the Jewish people in the face of oppression.

“It’s great to see how Jewish students are confident enough in their Judaism that they’re willing to come out and show it,” said Zalman Gurevitz, rabbi of the Chabad Jewish Center. “It’s heartwarming how these students are proud to be Jewish…”

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