Quantcast

Acadiana celebrates the beginning of Hanukkah - KATC.com | Continuous News Coverage | Acadiana-Lafayette

Acadiana celebrates the beginning of Hanukkah

Posted: Updated:

LAFAYETTE, La -- Tuesday night begins the first night of Hanukkah. The eight-day celebration commemorates the re-dedication of the second temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend, Jews rose up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors to reclaim their temple. To celebrate they lit a menorah with what little oil they had on hand.

"The Jews of Lafayette, they came here as early as the early 1800s and the actual temple was founded in 1869," said Zack Stein, a digital archivist at UL-Lafayette -- and a member of the Lafayette Jewish community.

Often called the "Festival of Lights," the holiday is also celebrated with traditional foods, games and gifts. A rabbi at Lafayette's Temple Shalom says bout 70 Jewish families will celebrate Hanukkah at its synagogue over the next week.

"You know, especially when we were going through certain hardships, we still persevered," Stein said. "I feel like that's something people should keep in mind when thinking about Hanukkah in particular and Judaism in general."
 

WEATHER
Power Doppler HD
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Former Cajun, Youngsville police officer Washington dies

    Former Cajun, Youngsville police officer Washington dies

    Thursday, July 19 2018 4:44 PM EDT2018-07-19 20:44:34 GMT
    Youngsville Fire Department FacebookYoungsville Fire Department Facebook

    A former Youngsville Police officer has died while training for a position at Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries. 

    A former Youngsville Police officer has died while training for a position at Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries. 

  • Two arrested in alleged "dine and dash" incident

    Two arrested in alleged "dine and dash" incident

    Wednesday, July 18 2018 4:07 PM EDT2018-07-18 20:07:55 GMT
    Courtesy Scott Police DepartmentCourtesy Scott Police Department
    Courtesy Scott Police DepartmentCourtesy Scott Police Department
    One day after the Scott Police Department asked for the public's assistance in identifying two people who allegedly left a local restaurant without paying their bill, two women have been arrested.  Scott Police received several phone calls and tips about the identities of the two women, Scott Police Chief Chad Leger said.  Today, Scott Police arrested Markesha Living, 19, and Devona Living, 33, both of Lafayette after they turned themselves in, Leger said.  Both wome...
    One day after the Scott Police Department asked for the public's assistance in identifying two people who allegedly left a local restaurant without paying their bill, two women have been arrested.  Scott Police received several phone calls and tips about the identities of the two women, Scott Police Chief Chad Leger said.  Today, Scott Police arrested Markesha Living, 19, and Devona Living, 33, both of Lafayette after they turned themselves in, Leger said.  Both wome...
  • Selfies snapped on stolen cellphone used to ID thief

    Selfies snapped on stolen cellphone used to ID thief

    Thursday, July 19 2018 7:31 AM EDT2018-07-19 11:31:07 GMT
    Tommy Lee Beverly, Jr. / Shreveport Police Dept.Tommy Lee Beverly, Jr. / Shreveport Police Dept.

    Shreveport police are searching for a man who reportedly stole a cellphone at gunpoint and then snapped few selfies on the device that uploaded to the rightful owner's cloud.

    Shreveport police are searching for a man who reportedly stole a cellphone at gunpoint and then snapped few selfies on the device that uploaded to the rightful owner's cloud.

Powered by Frankly

© KATC.com 2018, KATC.com
A CORDILLERA COMMUNICATIONS Station
Privacy Policy, | Terms of Service, and Ad Choices

Can't find something?