, Newburyport, MA

December 5, 2012

Public menorah lighting a first for Newburyport

Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — The City of Newburyport will have its first menorah displayed in Market Square this Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday often called the Festival of Lights.

Starting Saturday, Dec. 8. at 5:30 p.m.. Rabbi Avi Poupko of Congregation Ahavas Achim in Newburyport and his family will light the 6-foot tall, electric menorah for eight nights, through Dec. 15. All are welcome to join them in the nightly lightings.

Additionally, a special Hanukkah program will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, when members of the local Jewish community, local dignitaries and the children of the Hebrew School will gather in Market Square for the second annual “Chanukah Charoling” program, followed by the menorah lighting at 5:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to join the festivities.

Congregation Ahavas Achim thanks Mayor Donna Holaday and the Newburyport City Council for its support in this historic initiative.

Congregation Ahavas Achim formed in 1896 and is a welcoming and diverse spiritual community led by Poupko. It strives to educate and inspire children, youth and adults to participate actively in worship, Torah study and Jewish life experience and to put Jewish religious and ethical principles into action. For more information, visit