CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — It’s officially the first night of Chanukah, and one campus organization is making things festive.
The Illini Chabad has a tradition of putting out a giant menorah.
On December 23, they’ll have a grand community lighting and celebration.
Leaders with the Chabad say they’re happy to provide a place for people to celebrate the holiday, especially when they’re away from their families.
“That’s the message of Chanukah. A light over darkness, love over hate. Positivity over evil. And that’s why it’s so much fun to celebrate,” says Rabbi Dovid Tiechtel.
This year, the Chabad is doing a campaign called “Hashtag Illini Chabad Lights,” where people associated with the Chabad post pictures of their menorah, with that hashtag.