Nevada County celebrates New Years with its first public “Menorah Lighting” celebration |

Nevada County celebrates New Years with its first public “Menorah Lighting” celebration

Nevada County’s holiday celebrations will receive a significant boost this year when a 10-foot menorah is erected in the center of the county seat. An unprecedented “Menorah Lighting” celebration is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 at Robinson Plaza in Nevada City. Lighting the Chanukah menorah commemorates a “great miracle” in Jewish history, and remains a symbol of freedom over oppression, said Rabbi Nochum Yusewitz, director and spiritual leader of Chabad of Nevada County.

Chabad of Nevada County is one of 4,500 global centers, with a “vision to spread goodness, kindness, humanitarianism and spirituality.” Yusewitz said he considers this inaugural event a significant milestone for the community.

This first celebration will include greetings from elected officials and a magical comedy show by Rob Rasner. Traditional holiday treats of sufganiyot (donuts), latkes (potato pancakes), and chocolate gelt (coins) will be served. The event, designed for all ages, will also include music, crafts, raffles, dreidels, photo booths and more.

As part of its Chanukah outreach campaign, Chabad of Nevada County joins thousands of Chabad Centers across the globe that are staging similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights. From Australia to Africa, Columbia to Hong Kong, New York City’s ground zero to the White House lawn, hundreds of thousands will experience Chanukah with Chabad.

The Chanukah festival is sponsored by Chabad of Nevada County and is open to the entire community free of charge. For more information on this event, to receive a Chanukah kit or to find out more about Chabad’s offerings to the community, contact Chabad of Nevada County at 530-404-0020 or email

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