Historic Menorah lighting hosted at Mount Rushmore

RAPID CITY, S.D. — On the eighth and final night of Hanukkah, on Sunday — the Chabad Jewish Center of South Dakota will celebrate by lighting a six-foot Menorah at Mount Rushmore National Park.

The Menorah lighting is organized by the co-director of Chabad, Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz, he is the only Rabbi in the state — and the first permanent Rabbi in South Dakota in decades.

“Our founding fathers established this great country giving everybody the freedom of religion,” says the rabbi. “There’s no better place to express that than in front of the memorial.”

Former state senator Stan Adelstein will have the honor of kindling the Menorah.

Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights — marking freedom of expression, commemorating the victory over religious persecution.

“Light over Might”

Public Menorah lighting’s are hosted all over the world and symbolize the universal message of cultural tolerance, diversity, and the ultimate victory, the victory of light over darkness through spreading goodness and kindness to all.

The ceremony will be held at 2:30 p.m., everyone is invited to attend.

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