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COURTESY PHOTO - Rabbi Menachem Rivkin, far left, gets ready to light a giant menorah during a Chanukah celebration held Dec. 25 at Orenco Station's Central Park.Members of Hillsboro's Chabad Jewish Center celebrated Chanukah by lighting a large menorah at sundown Sunday, Dec. 25 in a public celebration at Orenco Station's Central Park.


Chanukah began at sunset Dec. 24 and lasted for eight days and nights, ending Jan. 1. The Dec. 25 celebration included live music, a fire juggler, activities for youngsters, and donuts and latkes (potato pancakes).

Chanukah wasn't the only celebration for Chabad Jewish Center of Hillsboro last month. Early in December the center opened a new, larger worship space on Brookwood Avenue and also celebrated a new, handwritten Torah, the books of Judaic law and teachings.

The Chabad's rabbi, Menachem Rivkin lit the menorah.COURTESY PHOTO - Young and old attended the public menorah lighting held by the Chabad Jewish Center of Hillsboro.

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