Community celebrates Hanukkah by lighting Menorah at Mount Rushmore
KEYSTONE, S.D. – Members of the Black Hills Jewish community gathered at the foot of Mount Rushmore on Sunday night to light the Hanukkah Menorah.
Around two dozen people lit the 6-foot-tall Menorah for the eighth night of Hanukkah. The ceremony was led by Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz. He said the message of the Menorah is to add more light into the world and illuminate the darkness.
He also said holding the annual lighting at Mount Rushmore signifies the opportunities America provides.
“When our presidents, our Founding Fathers, established this country, they gave us many opportunities including worshiping and to practicing religion freely,” Alperowitz said, “And I feel like there’s no better place to express that than at the presidential statue at Mount Rushmore.”
Alperowitz also said that for anyone who couldn’t make it to the lighting ceremony or doesn’t own a Menorah, they can contact him for one.