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Festival of lights planned at Evergreen Lake Dec. 15

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This year the Evergreen community is uniting to celebrate the Festival of Lights, known as Hanukkah.

A collaborative effort involving more than eight local organizations, the celebration will take place on Dec. 15th at 6 p.m. at the Evergreen Lake House. The event includes the menorah lighting, food and music with Cantor Goldstein of the Hebrew Educational Alliances.

“Indeed, the message of Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is one of human rights and freedom: the right to practice one’s religion without fear; the ability for true self-expression. This is a message that all Americans can celebrate together,” said Levi Brackman, rabbi at Judaism in the Foothills and the driving force behind the event.  

Signifying this theme, the event will kick off a communal art project in which participants will paint a ceramic tile depicting what light and freedom mean to them. The tiles will then be used to decorate a park bench that will be displayed at a public place in Evergreen at a later date.  Go Paint of Evergreen will organize the art project. There will be a charge of $10 per tile to offset costs.

This menorah lighting event is jointly sponsored by the following organizations: the Canyon Courier, Judaism In the Foothills, the Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce, Congregation Beth Evergreen, Go Paint, the Evergreen Park and Recreation District, Center for the Arts Evergreen and the Mountain Resource Center.

“The concept is for the community to get together and celebrate in a spirit of unity and see how much we really all have in common as neighbors, friends and fellow Coloradans,” said Kevin Averch, an Indian Hills resident and one of the event organizers.