San Diego Union Tribune

Ice menorah part of Hanukkah event

OCEANSIDE – The carving of a giant ice menorah is expected to be the highlight of the Hanukkah celebration at the Oceanside Civic Center at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The menorah will be lighted at 4:30.

Hanukkah celebrates for eight days the rededication of Judaism's holiest temple in 165 B.C.

The holiday propagates the universal message that ultimately good will prevail over evil, freedom over oppression and light over darkness, said Rabbi Baruch Greenberg, director of the Chabad Jewish Center of Oceanside.

“In ancient times,” he said, “our ancestors rededicated the temple in Jerusalem with the menorah. Today, we rededicate ourselves to making this world a better and brighter place.”

The program, open to the public for a suggested donation of $7, also will feature the building of menorahs from different kinds of food, shaping and decorating doughnuts, Hanukkah arts and crafts, a Judaic gift shop and special Hanukkah treats.

It will be in the Community Rooms at 330 N. Coast Highway.

– Lola Sherman