Bottom Photo: Governor DeWine lights the shamash at last year’s celebration.
Saddened to hear that the annual Ohio Chanukah gathering would be unable to take place, Governor Mike DeWine decided to send a Chanukah message by video instead, and based his remarks on the Rebbe’s teachings.
Saddened to hear that the annual Chanukah gathering would be unable to take place, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine decided to send a Chanukah message by video instead, and based his remarks on the Rebbe‘s teachings.
Last year, Governor DeWine, First Lady Frances DeWine, Lieutenant Jon Husted and Mrs. Tina Husted hosted a Menorah lighting ceremony for all the Shluchim in the state of Ohio. Representing the Jewish communities across the state, 50 Shluchim gathered to participate in this celebration.
The annual gathering means a great deal to the Governor, and he was saddened to hear that this year’s celebration would be unable to take place, due to the pandemic.
Wanting to bring spirit of Chanukah to the State of Ohio this year nonetheless, Governor Mike DeWine recorded an uplifting Chanukah message, fully based on the teachings of the Rebbe.
The message will be live-streamed Thursday night at 7:00 PM at a virtual Menorah Lighting ceremony live from the Ohio Statehouse. Although an in-person event could not be facilitated this year, Chabad Houses in 21 city throughout the state of Ohio will also be sharing the Ohio Governor’s uplifting message on virtual platforms.
“The antidote to this very challenging year is the Rebbe’s words of inspiration and positivity which is timeless and needed now more than ever before. The Ohio Governor will address the entire state of Ohio with the Rebbe’s message. ” says Rabbi Areyah Kaltmann, Head Shliach of Chabad Columbus.
To view the Virtual Menorah Lighting live from the Ohio Statehouse, visit eightnightsoffun.com