Students bring “Chanukah light” to Happy Valley after hate crime

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Wednesday night, Chabad, a Jewish group for students at Penn State, hosted their 18th annual Chanukah menorah lighting ceremony.

On the fourth night of Chanukah, the Jewish community in State College light candles on a 12 foot menorah.
It’s a special moment for adam schwartz.
He’s the president of Zeta Beta Tau, a Jewish fraternity at Penn State.
Despite recent hate crimes against Jews, like the shooting in Pittsburgh in October, and the vandalism of their fraternity’s menorah last week, Schwartz says Jews are persevering.

“It definitely makes us stronger, hate is not gonna’ win,” Adam Schwartz, President, Zeta Beta Tau, said.  “Love always goes unstopped.  Once the menorah was vandalized the first thing we did was make sure that it went back up.”

“When you have more of a darkness then you have to add more light,” Rabbi Nosson Meretsky, with Chabad, said.
Rabbi Nosson Meretsky addressed the crowd..saying..”If each one of us lights a light, we can make Happy Valley, Pittsburgh, Jerusalem and the whole world a place of light.”


“Remember each of us has an obligation to illuminate the world,” Eric Barron, Penn State President, said.
Schwartz says President Barron’s support does not go support unnoticed.

“Me personally it just makes me super happy that we have a community behind us that really does support us,” Schwartz said.
The Chanukah menorah will stay at the Allen gate and have a light lit for each night of Chanukah, until the eighth and final day on Monday, December 10.

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