Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Unique Menorah Lighting Highlights Klezmer Festival

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Unique Menorah Lighting Highlights Klezmer Festival

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VENICE

VENICE -- The lighting of a 12-foot menorah will highlight the Chabad of Venice & North Port's Hanukkah Klezmer Festival, hosted from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Ave., Venice.

The festival featuring traditional Jewish music will include the unveiling of a unique menorah with branches created out of used Kassam rockets that were fired into Israel from Gaza in the summer of 2014.

The work, inspired by Israeli artist Yaron Bob's motto, "Making a rose from a Kassam," will be on display in Chabad's soon-to-be- completed Center for Jewish Life, now under construction on a 4.2- acre campus at 1681 Jacaranda Blvd.

"We're going to light both menorahs, but this one will be a new addition for this year," said Rabbi Sholom Schmerling of Chabad of Venice & North Port.

The Hanukkah event will honor local law enforcement -- both Venice Police and Sarasota County Sheriff's Office -- through the lighting of the shamash candle, which is used to light all other

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