Gov. Schwarzenegger Joins Chanukah Celebration at Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony


Gov. Schwarzenegger Joins Chanukah Celebration at Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger at the 17th Annual Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony.

December 1, 2010

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and local leaders of the Jewish community today joined Chabad of Sacramento to celebrate Chanukah at the 17th Annual Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony.

“The message of Chanukah is ‘light’ and is about optimism and hope, even in the face of darkness and crisis. That is especially meaningful to me because I am a big believer in the spirit of optimism and hope,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “We all know there is darkness in the world, especially in these challenging times, but one tiny candle can light a room, and one act of kindness can change a life. It is so important that we reach out and help each other through these tough times.”

This year, guests at the Capitol Menorah Lighting Ceremony participated in a “reverse toy drive.” The Governor joined West Coast Chabad Director Rabbi Shlomo Cunin in passing the gifts out for the toy drive during today’s ceremony. Chabad has asked guests of the ceremony to present these gifts to children in need.

The menorah used in the lighting ceremony was provided by Chabad of Sacramento, a community-based nonprofit organization whose efforts are rooted in traditional Jewish values. Chabad runs the largest network of educational and nonsectarian social services under Jewish auspices on the West Coast with more than 200 local community centers, more than 25 elementary and day schools and more than 30 summer camps

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