This year’s Chanukah celebrations begin in the evening of Sunday, December 2 and run through Monday, December 10. The holiday celebrates the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem where, according to legend, Jews had risen up against their oppressors in the Maccabean revolt. The Temple Oil that was only sufficient for one night lasted for eight, hence the eight candles.
Charleston’s annual “Chanukah in the Square” will be held Sunday, December 9, from 4-6 pm in Marion Square. This event has been held annually for 11 years and is the largest Jewish celebration in South Carolina.
There will be booths for games, crafts, food, and drink. In addition, the celebration will have jump castles and face painting and all things Jewish related. It is a family friendly event and is open to the entire community. Over 1,500 people attend the event each year. Live entertainment throughout the event will conclude with remarks from state and local dignitaries and a lighting ceremony of the Menorah.
It is the largest Jewish event in South Carolina and is special because it brings everyone together. While every synagogue and Jewish organization is involved and engaged, it is open to the community at large and proclaims the message of Chanukah and religious freedom. This is an important part of Charleston’s history as the Holy City, renowned for its freedom of religion and tolerance of minority religions.