Chabad of Southern Oregon will construct a "can menorah" to highlight its annual Chanukah celebration from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Pioneer Hall in Ashland.

Chabad of Southern Oregon will construct a "can menorah" to highlight its annual Chanukah celebration from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at Pioneer Hall in Ashland.

Each year Chabad lights a large menorah with a theme, including in past years a giant Lego menorah and an ice menorah. This year, the celebration will feature a giant menorah built from cans of food, which will then be donated to local food banks, Rabbi Avi Zwiebel said in a news release announcing the plan.

A menorah built with food cans is sure to add more light into the world, his statement said. After assembling the menorah, candles will be placed on top and the can menorah will be kindled

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In addition to the can menorah, this year's program will also feature Chanukah arts and crafts, holiday music, and delicious Chanukah treats, including latkes and doughnuts for sale.

Community members are encouraged to help sponsor the giant canned food menorah by bringing cans to the event or by making a donation for the purchase of cans. Donations can be sent to Chabad, 804 Hillview Drive, Ashland OR 97520.

For more information, call the Chabad Center at 541-482-2778 or visit www.chabadofashland.org online.