Community Invited to 31st Palisades Unity Menorah Lighting

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Chabad of Pacific Palisades is teaming up with Caruso to present the 31st annual Palisades Unity Menorah Lighting—taking place for the second year in a row at Palisades Village.

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The ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, December 22, which is the first night of Hanukkah this year.

In addition to lighting the menorah, starting at 4 p.m., attendees will have a chance to get their faces painted, complete Hanukkah-themed crafts and snack on Kosher food. There will also be performances by local talent, including the Westside Waldorf School and Paul Revere Charter Middle School.

“This year, in highlighting the themes of gratitude, unity and education, Chabad and Caruso are showing recognition to the local public and private schools of the Palisades,” Program Coordinator Nechama Diskin shared in a statement ahead of the event. “Each school has been invited to send a member of faculty or a school family to represent their community. Public and private schools alike will join together in the celebration, reemphasizing that education and a commitment to the values of goodness and kindness is truly the best way to spread the light of this season.”

The ceremony will include remarks by community leaders, including Rabbi Zushe Cunin and Co-Honorary Mayors Janice and Billy Crystal.

Festivities will take place outside of the Bay Theatre by Cinépolis Luxury Cinemas and are free to attend. For more information, visit

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