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PHOTOS: Community gathers for menorah lighting at City Plaza

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The City of Reno and the Chabad of Northern Nevada hosted the annual Grand Chanukah Menorah Lighting ceremony Sunday night at City Plaza. The event marked the first day of Chanukah and was open to the public this year after being restricted to press and officials last year due to COVID-19.

About 100 people came to celebrate the lighting, which was hosted by Rabbi Mendel Cunin. Local and state government officials and several prominent members of the city’s local Jewish community were also on hand.

Reno City Council member Naomi Duerr shared a traditional story with the crowd and kicked off the ceremony. Madeline Burak from Governor Steve Sisolak’s office also spoke.

Rabbi Cunin shared the story of Joseph’s Dream from the Tora, offering words of hope and togetherness for Reno’s rapidly growing community.

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Eric Marks
Eric Markshttp://ericmarksphotography.com/
Born in 1971, Eric Marks was fortunate enough to grow up in a time and family where photography and literature were normal parts of his life. His parents were always enthusiastic and supportive of his photography as a child, and encouraged him to read and write as much as possible. From 2005 to 2012 he owned an award-winning, international, high definition video production company, and has produced video and photography in over 14 different countries on four continents. Eric majored at the University of Nevada, Reno in English/Writing and Art, graduating with English and Photography degrees in 2013, and again with an Art degree in 2018. He teaches all genres of photography at Truckee Meadows Community College, is a freelance photojournalist for several publications, and offers private photography instruction.

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