MEDFORD, Ore. -- Chabad Southern Oregon is hosting Medford's first ever Menorah lighting in Vogel Plaza. Last night Oregonians gathered in downtown Ashland for the start of Hanukkah and now Medford will be a part of the second night of the Jewish holiday. It's a tradition that has existed in Ashland for many years but this is the first time the religious group is bringing the Menorah lighting to Medford.
Rabbi Avi Zwiebel says the idea to spread the tradition of a Menorah lighting to Medford was simple.
"The message of Hanukkah really inspired us," said Rabbi Zwiebel. "You light the candle on Hanukkah night one, to the last night that you do eight lightings. We're increasing with light. That's the message with Hanukkah. We need more and more light in this world."
Medford Mayor Gary Wheeler is expected to attend. The lighting will happen at 6 p.m. in Vogel Plaza in Medford on December 13th. It will include local vendors and a small celebration.
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