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Lubavitch Chanukah Parade

Baltimore Jewish Times, December 5, 2012

Phil Jacobs

The streets of Upper Park Heights are going to turn into a parade of lights Sunday afternoon, Dec. 9. That’s when more than 80 cars with menorahs on their roofs will parade along Park Heights, turning right onto Clarks Lane and then right onto Cross Country Boulevard en route to McKeldin Square adjacent to the Inner Harbor.

Sponsored by Chabad Lubavitch of Downtown Baltimore, the third annual parade will begin at 3 p.m. from Cheder Chabad (the former Beth Jacob Synagogue), 5713 Park Heights Ave. The parade of cars is expected to pass McKeldin Square at 4:15 p.m.

At 5 p.m., following speeches and entertainment, the lighting of Baltimore’s 30-foot-high menorah will take place. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is expected to be on hand to light the shamash. Other state, city and community leaders also will be present.

Ironically, the menorah will be bordered by Light Street on two sides of the block. The menorah was dedicated by Howard Brown in honor of his daughter, Esther Ann.

“The whole objective of Chanukah is to publicize the miracle,” said Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, Chabad-Lubavitch director for the State of Maryland. “There is no better way to do this than in the center of downtown. The lighting of the menorah symbolizes the freedom we have to be able to observe our religion as we want. One of the highest values in this country is freedom of religion.”