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Menorah lighting for Hanukkah at La Crosse City Hall



You can see Christmas decorations all over La Crosse during the season…but there is another major holiday being observed this week.    

Members of La Crosse’s Jewish community, and several visitors from Iowa, gathered outside City Hall Monday night to mark the 5th night of Hanukkah. 

A large menorah was lit in the parking lot for the occasion. 

The celebration was arranged by Jewish residents of Postville, who often come to La Crosse for shopping and other purposes, according to Postville Rabbi Aron Schimmel.  

Schimmel said the ceremony in La Crosse was inspired by the need to provide more light in a year where the pandemic has brought darkness.  

“We grow from the challenges,” said Schimmel. “From the negative, from the things we try to figure out new ways and more ways to add light.”

Members of La Crosse’s temple joined in the observance, which included the serving of jelly doughnuts and potato latkes, and the visitors received a proclamation from the city of La Crosse.     

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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