Public menorah lightings this weekend in Shrewsbury, Westborough

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During last year's menorah lighting, Rabbi Michoel Green of Chabad of Westborough introduces World War II veteran George Miller and his grandson, Jon Becker. Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Westborough – Chabad of Westborough will sponsor its annual public Menorah Lighting and Chanukah Celebration Saturday, Dec. 8, in Shrewsbury and Sunday, Dec. 9, in Westborough. The Shrewsbury lighting starts at 7 p.m. at the Town Common, Route 140 and Main Street, while the Westborough takes place at 12:15 p.m. at the downtown rotary. Admission is free and open to all members of the community.

Delicious holiday refreshments will be available, including Chanukah gelt (chocolate coins), doughnuts, and hot cocoa. Dreidels will also be given out. Town selectmen and other dignitaries will participate in the festivities.? Both locations will proudly display a nine-foot menorah throughout the Chanukah holiday, which begins at sundown Dec. 8 and runs through Dec. 16.

At the Westborough lighting, there will be an added feature to the program. Local Children can compete in a creative menorah making contest that will be displayed and judged at the rotary on that day.? For details on the contest rules and qualifications, email [email protected]. This project has an educational component, as well as a fun competitive one, as children design their menorahs and will learn what makes a kosher menorah at the same time. The menorahs will be displayed at the Westborough rotary for all to see.

“We are looking forward to seeing everyone in the community for this annual event,” said Dvora Green, Chabad spokesperson and coordinator. “The menorah contest brings with it that extra excitement!”

For more information, call 508-366-0499 or email [email protected].