Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography



Menorah Lighting

Menorah Lighting

Chanukah — the eight-day festival of light that begins on the eve of the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev — celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, of  spirituality over materiality

Celebrate with dance

More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who sought to forcefully Hellenize the people of Israel. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G-d.

Car Parade

Menorah on helmet

Menorah on bikes

When they sought to light the Temple’s menorah (the seven-branched candelabrum), they found only a single cruse of olive oil that had escaped contamination by the Greeks; miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity.

Lovely Ladies

To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the festival of Chanukah. At the heart of the festival is the nightly menorah (candelabrum) lighting: a single flame on the first night, two on the second evening, and so on till the eighth night of Chanukah, when all eight lights are kindled.


Children's crafts



It was my pleasure to witness this most joyous occasion and I thank the Jewish community and Daniel Lewis aka APEX for allowing me to photograph their celebration and performance.  HAPPY CHANUKAH ! !

More information can be found concerning the above celebration at Chabad of Pittsburgh and at APEX.




  1. And you did capture a happy celebration, Francine. Nicely done!

  2. Thanks for sharing the experience with us. I love the guy with the blue bike helmet.

  3. Good work, Francine. Entertaining and educational (at least for me)!

  4. Wow! what a celebration. Thank you so much, Francine!

  5. Great pics, Francine. What a happy occasion. 🙂

  6. Thank you, I don’t know anything about the Jewish religion and culture, this is a fascinating insight.

  7. Fantastic being invited to capture this. Good for you, Francine.

  8. Wonderful blog, happy to see it. Happy Hanukkah, all.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: