Baltimore, MD - Dec. 3, 2018 - The Baltimore Jewish community kicked off the eight-day holiday of Chanukkah with the Baltimore Chanukkah Festival and Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, December 2 at McKeldin Square. Hosted by Chabad-Lubavitch Centers of Greater Baltimore in conjunction with the City of Baltimore, hundreds watched on as Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Maryland Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford joined Mrs. Rochelle Kaplan, Rabbi Sholom Reindorp and Rabbi Mendy Rivkin, in lighting the 32-foot tall menorah — tied for world’s largest — emblazoned with the word “Baltimore” spelled across its nine branches. 

Participants also enjoyed Chanukkah-themed musical performances by Baltimore's Gobbie Cohn and Zemer Orchestra. 

The Menorah lighting is part of the worldwide Chanukkah campaign, an initiative launched by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, ZT'L, in 1973. The campaign highlights and encourages the central theme of the holiday — publicizing the story of the Chanukkah miracle.

The community is thankful for the security provided by the Baltimore City Police Department with the assistance of the Baltimore Shomrim Safety Patrol.