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Jewish residents eager to gather for Hanukkah as community has grown during the pandemic

6th Night of Hanukkah at Cooper's House
Cooper McKim
Wyoming Public Radio

Hanukkah started Sunday at sundown and is observed through Dec. 6. Jewish communities around the state are excited to gather with new and old members. Last year, many events had to be held outside or were canceled.

According to Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn, several hundred new members joined Jewish communities in Jackson in the last year or so, as well as several hundred more in Laramie, Casper, and Cheyenne.

"The exciting thing is that there haven't been many opportunities for people to be able to join us due to the pandemic," said Mendelsohn. "And now, wonderfully Hanukkah is here, things have somewhat calmed down in our areas. And so we're once again opening up all of the celebrations of Hanukkah to the many people who have moved to the area."

This week, there will be Menorah lightings in Jackson, Laramie, and Cheyenne. The state capital lighting will be hosted by the governor, the first lady, and other elected officials. For details on events go to jewishwyoming.com/hanukkah.

Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. She has won a regional Murrow award for her reporting on mental health and firearm owners. During her time leading the Wyoming Public Media newsroom, reporters have won multiple PMJA, Murrow and Top of the Rockies Excellence in Journalism Awards. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.

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