What organizers called the first “can menorah” in Western Maryland, built by the Chabad Jewish Center of Frederick, was on display Sunday at the Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick to celebrate the second night of Hanukkah, the annual Festival of Lights. In past years, there has been a giant Lego menorah and a jelly bean menorah.
The more than 1,000 cans of food donated by supermarkets and residents to make the menorah will be given to the local food bank for families in need.
“The meaning of Hanukkah is light over darkness,” Rabbi Boruch Labkowski of Chabad said in a news release. “There's no better way of spreading light than giving food to those in need. In this way we will be including hundreds of people less fortunate than ourselves in our festival of lights.”
Hanukkah is marked by the lighting of the menorah each night of the eight-day holiday.
This year’s program also featured Hanukkah arts and crafts, a magician and juggler, holiday music, dreidels and Hanukkah treats, including hot latkes, chocolate gelt and doughnuts, the release said.
Among those who turned out for the event was U.S. Rep.-elect John Delaney (D-Dist. 6).