First Posted: 12/5/2007
The Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley has sponsored the Mayrutz Halapid Ceremony, the Running of the Torch for 41 years. Each year, they continue the long-standing tradition which originated in Israel in 1940 when young men would run to distant cities of the country to light public menorahs. According to the JCC, Chanukah marks the successful revolution of the ancient Jews against oppressive rulers who had threatened to wipe out the Jewish religious practices. Along with the miracle of victory in combat goes the spiritual miracle of the resanctification of the Temple and the one cruse of olive oil that lasted for eight days. Chanukah, a celebration of religious freedom, is often called the Feast of Lights, and celebration of the holiday revolves around the kindling of the Chanukah lights. The first candle in the menorah was lit on Tuesday, Dec. 4 as those of the Jewish faith observe the first of the eight days of Chanukah. On the first night, candles will be lit at the Chanukah dinner in the Weiss Auditorium of the Center, at 60 South River Street, Wilkes-Barre. Each of the remaining nights, candles will be lit outside and inside the JCC. Refreshments will be served following the candle lighting. The community is invited to participate. The 2007 candle lighting schedule is as follows, with the Dec. 4 event already past: Tuesday, Dec. 4, Mayrutz Run 5:15 p.m.; Outdoor lighting 5:45 p.m.; Chanukah Dinner 6 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 5, Outdoor lighting 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, Dec. 6, Outdoor lighting 4:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 7, Outdoor lighting 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 8, Outdoor lighting 6 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 9, Outdoor lighting 5 p.m.; Monday, Dec. 10, Outdoor lighting 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 11, Outdoor lighting 5:30 p.m. For information, call the JCC at 824-4646.