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By Ani Amirkhanian | December 10, 2007
A giant menorah stood on the ground floor of the Glendale Galleria near Target as local Jewish clergy prepared for a public kindling ceremony in honor of the Chanukah holiday. “Out of all the Jewish holidays, Chanukah is the only one that has a universal message,” Rabbi Simcha Backman of the Chabad Jewish Center of Glendale and the Foothill Communities, said. “The lesson that good will always prevail and there is light over darkness is the universal message. This is a message for all of humanity.
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December 15, 2000
Judy Seckler THORNYCROFT -- While the Christmas tree becomes an important symbol of the holidays for Christians, so does the menorah during Hanukkah for the Jewish community. Rabbi Simcha Backman of Chabad of Glendale and the Foothill Communities will lead a "bullet-shell" arts and crafts menorah workshop at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to give children a different holiday memory. During the class, bullets -- a symbol of warfare and oppression -- will be used to create a menorah, which is a symbol of peace and freedom, the rabbi explained.
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By Chris Wiebe | December 4, 2007
Jews across the globe will light the first candle on the menorah at sundown today, as the eight-day Hanukkah season begins. And when the Glendale Galleria closes its doors for the day, members of the Chabad Jewish Center of Glendale will set up a large-scale menorah, which will be on display throughout Hanukkah. Putting the menorah on public display is a way to demonstrate the holiday’s universal theme of peace and goodwill among Jews and non-Jews, said Rabbi Simcha Backman, of the Glendale Chabad.
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December 17, 2001
Amber Willard Dozens of passing shoppers paused Sunday to watch as the last light of a Menorah was lit at the Glendale Galleria. The ceremony, hosted by the Chabad Jewish Center of Glendale and Foothill, took place on the last day of Hanukkah, when the Jewish faith celebrates the Maccabees' victory over the Syrians in 165 B.C. The lighting of the Menorah's candles is a reminder of what happened after the Jews took back...
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December 22, 2003
Most Jewish holidays are celebrated in one of two places, the home or the synagogue. But Hanukkah is not like most Jewish holidays, at least not according to Rabbi Simcha Backman of Chabad of Glendale and the Foothill Communities. Sunday afternoon, a large crowd -- both Jews and non-Jews -- celebrated the third night of Hanukkah at the Glendale Galleria with latkes, Jewish songs and the lighting of a menorah. "The message of Hanukkah is not just a Jewish one, it's a universal one," Backman said.
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December 2, 2002
Janine Marnien Among thousands of shoppers looking for Christmas gifts for friends and family, local Jews gathered at the Glendale Galleria honoring another religious tradition that is part of the holiday season. With the lighting of the menorah and other Hanukkah festivities, they celebrated an anniversary that has symbolized perseverance and freedom for more than 2,000 years. But the event was not just for Jews, said Rabbi Simcha Backman of the Chabad Jewish Center of Glendale and the Foothill Communities, the organization sponsoring Sunday's event.
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December 22, 2000
Judy Seckler GLENWOOD -- Temple Sinai of Glendale is giving its members a multicultural experience for Hanukkah this season. A family party at the temple begins at 5 p.m. Saturday with a Chinese dinner catered by Panda Inn along with the traditional holiday foods including potato pancakes known at latkes, applesauce, sour cream, chocolate coins known as Hanukkah gelt, and the traditional children's game of dreidel,...
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December 29, 2000
It was a celebration of the feeling of being complete. Rabbi Simcha Backman of The Chabad Congregation of Glendale and the Foothill Communities led a ceremony to acknowledge the last night of Hanukkah, which took place at 5 p.m. Thursday on the lower level of the Glendale Galleria. The event began with the lighting of the eighth candle of the Menorah and prayer. Prayers were for the importance of o7 Mitzvotf7 , or good deeds done to help perfect the world.
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December 23, 2000
Michael Martinez GLENDALE -- To Karen Berg, the Hanukkah potluck dinner party Friday night at her home was the ultimate o7 tzedekahf7 , or altruism. "The party itself is really about just getting together, about celebrating our community," said Berg, 17, a Glendale High senior who organized the dinner. "It was something I really wanted to do for the congregation. Including several people from Burbank, about 40 to 50 members of Congregation Hugat Haverim -- which Berg's mother, Jacqueline Gish, said means "circle of friends" -- attended the dinner and the formal Hanukkah services that followed.
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December 23, 2000
The Stone family of Glendale gathered in their home Friday to light the second of eight menorah candles that represent the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Hanukkah celebrates the Jewish belief that after their temple was destroyed, one days' worth of lamp oil burned for eight days until new oil was processed. Matt, his wife Linda, and their twin daughters, Melissa and Maureen have attended Temple Sinai in Glendale for six years. Melissa and Maureen, both 13, were recently Bat Mitzvahed at Temple Sinai.
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By Veronica Rocha | December 14, 2009
Betty Ross has spent the past few nights with her family and close friends, which has made Hanukkah an already joyous celebration for her. On Friday, the first night of Hanukkah, Ross and her family lit the first candle of their menorah, played with a dreidel, ate potato latkes and opened gifts, she said. But Ross said the highlight of celebrating Hanukkah is being with her daughter and granddaughter. In an effort to extend family time, the Tarzana resident took her granddaughter to the Americana at Brand on Sunday to celebrate Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights celebrated by Jews around the world.
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December 12, 2009
Hanukkah, the eight-day Festival of Lights celebrated by Jews around the world, began Friday. Families across the region will gather around to light one candle of the menorah and recite blessings to God to commemorate an improbable victory over invaders who debased the temple in Jerusalem. Hanukkah this year begins and ends on the Jewish Sabbath, requiring minor liturgical changes. Still, holiday traditions of candles, gifts and jelly doughnuts will stay the same. The following celebrations are planned across Glendale, Burbank and the foothills: Chabad Burbank Jewish Center: Hanukkah celebrations at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Center, and 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Burbank Town Center.
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By Zain Shauk | December 22, 2008
Hebrew songs filled the air Sunday as Jews and non-Jews spun dreidels, made crafts and listened to stories to celebrate the start of Hanukkah at the Americana at Brand. The celebration, one of many to be held in both Glendale and Burbank during the eight days of Hanukkah, marked the start of the festive holiday with the lighting of the first lamp on a 12-foot electrical menorah, which was placed next to the shopping center’s fountain and near its 100-foot Christmas tree. “It’s the first time they’re doing this, which is really special, especially for the Jewish community,” said Rabbi Simcha Backman, of the Chabad Jewish Center of Glendale, adding that the Americana had organized the event as an attempt to reach out to the community and later invited the center to participate.
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December 20, 2008
The Catholic Church last weekend held the 77th annual Guadalupe Procession, in which runners carried a torch 2,700 miles from Mexico to the United States in honor of the Virgin Mary. The torch, participants said, symbolizes hope for the poor and the light of God. What is the religious, or even secular, symbol that inspires you the most?   The Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins this Sunday evening, and its primary symbol is the menorah. This symbol is very important to me, and its message is as powerful and relevant today as it was when the historical events of Hanukkah transpired more than 2,000 years ago. The mighty Seleucid Empire attempted to squelch religious freedom by persecuting the Jewish people in ancient Israel.
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By Ani Amirkhanian | December 10, 2007
A giant menorah stood on the ground floor of the Glendale Galleria near Target as local Jewish clergy prepared for a public kindling ceremony in honor of the Chanukah holiday. “Out of all the Jewish holidays, Chanukah is the only one that has a universal message,” Rabbi Simcha Backman of the Chabad Jewish Center of Glendale and the Foothill Communities, said. “The lesson that good will always prevail and there is light over darkness is the universal message. This is a message for all of humanity.
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By Chris Wiebe | December 4, 2007
Jews across the globe will light the first candle on the menorah at sundown today, as the eight-day Hanukkah season begins. And when the Glendale Galleria closes its doors for the day, members of the Chabad Jewish Center of Glendale will set up a large-scale menorah, which will be on display throughout Hanukkah. Putting the menorah on public display is a way to demonstrate the holiday’s universal theme of peace and goodwill among Jews and non-Jews, said Rabbi Simcha Backman, of the Glendale Chabad.
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December 22, 2003
Most Jewish holidays are celebrated in one of two places, the home or the synagogue. But Hanukkah is not like most Jewish holidays, at least not according to Rabbi Simcha Backman of Chabad of Glendale and the Foothill Communities. Sunday afternoon, a large crowd -- both Jews and non-Jews -- celebrated the third night of Hanukkah at the Glendale Galleria with latkes, Jewish songs and the lighting of a menorah. "The message of Hanukkah is not just a Jewish one, it's a universal one," Backman said.
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December 2, 2002
Janine Marnien Among thousands of shoppers looking for Christmas gifts for friends and family, local Jews gathered at the Glendale Galleria honoring another religious tradition that is part of the holiday season. With the lighting of the menorah and other Hanukkah festivities, they celebrated an anniversary that has symbolized perseverance and freedom for more than 2,000 years. But the event was not just for Jews, said Rabbi Simcha Backman of the Chabad Jewish Center of Glendale and the Foothill Communities, the organization sponsoring Sunday's event.
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November 22, 2002
Interfaith thanksgiving service planned GLENDALE -- An interfaith Thanksgiving service involving Christian and Jewish congregations from all over Glendale will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Temple Sinai of Glendale. Leading the service will be Tad Callister of the Glendale Church of Latter-day Saints. Music will be performed by the Character and Ethics Kids, directed by Jennifer Russell. An offering will also be taken in support of World AIDS Day. Temple Sinai is at 1212 N. Pacific Ave. Child care is available with reservations.
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December 17, 2001
Amber Willard Dozens of passing shoppers paused Sunday to watch as the last light of a Menorah was lit at the Glendale Galleria. The ceremony, hosted by the Chabad Jewish Center of Glendale and Foothill, took place on the last day of Hanukkah, when the Jewish faith celebrates the Maccabees' victory over the Syrians in 165 B.C. The lighting of the Menorah's candles is a reminder of what happened after the Jews took back...
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