For the first time ever, menorah will be lit for Light Up York – York Dispatch

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Krystal Younglove, of York City, poses with children for photos during Light Up York in York City, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018. Dawn J. Sagert photo(Photo: The York Dispatch)

Just more than a year after the deadly Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, a menorah will be lit for the first time at this weekend's Light Up York event.

The menorah, at least five feet tall,will be lit alongsidethe city's Christmas tree during the annual event scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, inContinental Square, according to the York Jewish Community Center.

"People don't know much about (Judaism)because they don't have enough opportunity to learn," said Dani Fessler, CEO of the York JCC."If you understand, that's a very important step forward in facing somethingyou maybe think is threatening or have prejudice against."

The York JCC first reached out to city officials about lighting a menorahfollowing the October 2018 synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, which left 11 dead and seven injured.

The incident prompted waves of support for the Jewish community nationwide. Gov. Tom Wolfalso visited York City to honor the victims in an event that amassed hundreds of residents.

Fesslersaid he hopes familiarizing the community with Jewish culture duringHanukkah which lastsfrom Dec. 22 to Dec. 30 will educate residentsand highlight the city's diversity.

Logan Hullinger can be reached at lhullinger@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @LoganHullYD.

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