Chanukah lights to glow at Public Square with Mayor Barry

Posted on: November 30th, 2017 by tgregory

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry together with all of Nashville’s congregations, the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee and the Community Relations Committee of the Jewish Federation will be celebrating the Festival of Lights with a Chanukah event at Public Square in front of the courthouse in downtown Nashville, on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 4:30 p.m.

The eight days of Chanukah begin at sunset on Dec. 12.

The program will include the lighting of a new 12-foot menorah, Chanukah songs sung by children of the various congregational Sunday schools across Nashville, and a festive musical band led by Rabbi Saul Strosberg from Congregation Sherith Israel. Chabad of Nashville will be distributing special Chanukah donuts, Gelt and Dreidels to all participants at this event.

This ceremony is open to the public, and will begin with a musical presentation at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Courthouse, 2nd Avenue North and Deaderick Street. The menorah will be lit by the mayor together with the leadership of the Nashville Jewish community and will include greetings from Jewish Federation Executive Director Mark S. Freedman.

For the past 13 years Chabad of Nashville has been lighting the menorah with Nashville mayors Bill Purcell and Karl Dean at the Riverfront Park. Two years ago, Mayor Barry requested to move the Menorah lighting ceremony to the Public Square so that the menorah can have greater visibility and a more central location. 

Join the Nashville Jewish community in a public display of unity at this exciting menorah lighting ceremony. Bring your friends and family and make this your special Chanukah celebration. 

For more information, go to or call 615-646-5750.  •