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The Jewish community in Lake Charles celebrated the seventh of eight days of Hanukkah with a special temple service and dinner at Temple Sinai. Friday night’s service honored two married members of its congregation for their support and involvement in the faith community, as well as in the larger community of Southwest Louisiana. (Michelle Higginbotham / American Press)

The Jewish community in Lake Charles celebrated the seventh of eight days of Hanukkah with a special temple service and dinner at Temple Sinai. Friday night’s service honored two married members of its congregation for their support and involvement in the faith community, as well as in the larger community of Southwest Louisiana. (Michelle Higginbotham / American Press)

Celebration of everlasting light

Last Modified: Saturday, December 15, 2012 7:36 PM

By Jordan Gribble / American Press

The Jewish community of Lake Charles celebrated the seventh of eight days of Hanukkah with a special temple service and dinner at Temple Sinai.

Friday night’s service honored two married members of its congregation for their support and involvement in the faith community, as well as in the larger community of Southwest Louisiana.

Honoree 85-year-old Simon Davidson founded a millworks company in Lake Charles with his father and has been an outspoken advocate for Israel and has supported anti-hate groups to minimize prejudice and bring Christians and people of the Jewish faith together. His wife and fellow honoree, Corene Davidson, 86, was a founding member of rape crisis support in the area.

“We’re just devoted to serving in our temple and in the community at large. We’ve always been a part of the greater Lake Charles,” Mrs. Davidson said.

The night’s temple service celebrated the seventh out of the eight nights of Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, and Rabbi Barry Weinstein said it is a “celebration of the concept of religious freedom.”

Immediately following the night’s service was a Hanukkah family dinner, where food such as challah bread and potato pancakes known as latkes were served.

One member of Temple Sinai said the food served was a representation of the holiday.

“Hanukkah started as a military victory in which the Jews took back their temple from the Greeks. They only had enough sacred oil to burn in their temple for one day, but a miracle happened and the oil lasted for eight days,” said Princess Cohen, a Temple Sinai member.

“This is why we have eight candles in our menorah, and why we call Hanukkah a festival of lights: to celebrate the oil lasting.”

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