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PHOTOS: Public Menorah Lighting at City Plaza


Tuesday night Reno locals of various faiths gathered downtown to celebrate the public menorah lighting ceremony. The event was hosted by Chabad of Northern Nevada on City Plaza.

Rabbi Mendel Cunin and his wife, Sarah, presented the custom made, propane powered menorah which was created in eight days at The Generator, aligning with the number of candles on a menorah. They were also presented with the 150 Year Anniversary Medal by Reno Councilwoman Naomi Duerr.

The celebration included dancing, traditional Jewish songs, and a crowd favorite, free traditional Jewish foods including potato latkes with applesauce, baked doughnuts, and hot mulled cider.

It seems all local events need a little Reno twist and this one came in the form of the menorah’s special feature. A big red button on the stand when pressed changed the foot-high flames to giant towers of fire accompanied by the whooshing sound of the flames.


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Ty O'Neil
Ty O'Neil
Ty O’Neil is a lifelong student of anthropology with two degrees in the arts. He is far more at home in the tear gas filled streets of war torn countries than he is relaxing at home. He has found a place at This Is Reno as a photojournalist. He hopes to someday be a conflict photojournalist covering wars and natural disasters abroad.