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San Tan Valley Celebrates it's First Menorah Lighting


​Residents from all over San Tan Valley met at the Johnson Ranch Golf Course Sunday night, to celebrate the first night of Chanukkah and San Tan Valley's first Menorah lighting.  

Standing in front of a large menorah, Rabbi Shimi, from the Chabad Jewish Center of Gilbert, kicked off the ceremony sharing the story of Hanukkah. He then told a story of his first Menorah lighting in 2012, that took place in Gilbert.  He said a woman approached him during that event and gave him her card, urging him to one year bring a Menorah lighting to San Tan Valley.  He said at that time and with him being new to the area, he didn't even know where San Tan Valley was.  Year after year though, this same person would approach him with the same request.  This person, was Tisha Castillo, he said. 

"It took many years to make this happen, but tonight we are here to celebrate and with such a magnificent crowd!" said Rabbi Shimi. 

He then asked Tisha to come up and say a few words before she lit the Menorah.

The Shemash, or helper candle was lit first, followed by singing of the Hanukkah prayers.  Then the candle for the first night was lit and Happy Chanukkah was cheered by all.

The night ended with gifts being handed out to all the children in attendance, and latkas and jelly donuts served to all.

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