Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price joined a Hanukkah observance at Congregation Ahavath Sholom Wednesday night, lighting the seventh candle on a menorah made of donated cans of food.
“It is important that we recognize the contributions of all denominations and honor their traditions,” Price said. “They all share one important thing: The message of hope and love, and the idea that together we can make a difference in this world.”
The cans of food were destined for the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Boxes at the sanctuary doors collected even more from those who came to observe the candle lighting for the eighth night of Hanukkah.
Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, recognizes a Jewish story of faith about the reclamation of the temple on Jerusalem’s Mount Moriah. The story that inspired the lighting of menorahs centers on a lamp that burned for eight days and nights during the temple’s dedication, though there shouldn’t have been enough oil in it to burn for more than one.