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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin lights menorah for Hanukkah

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin lit a menorah during a special ceremony Friday at the state Capitol to mark the beginning of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights.

BY CARLA HINTON Published: December 8, 2012
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/articleid/3735805/1/pictures/1902857">Photo - Gov. Mary Fallin and Rabbi Ovadia Goldman light a candle on a commemorative menorah Friday at the state Capitol. Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman
Gov. Mary Fallin and Rabbi Ovadia Goldman light a candle on a commemorative menorah Friday at the state Capitol. Photo by David McDaniel, The Oklahoman

Friday, Fallin accepted a commemorative menorah on behalf of Oklahoma, presented by Goldman and his wife, Nechoma.

After lighting a candle on the menorah, Fallin said the Hanukkah menorah is a symbol of hope, faith and religious liberty.

“We appreciate all the menorah stands for and Hanukkah stands for,” she said.

“We can celebrate our faith and our liberty that we all enjoy.”

Fallin also took time to say that she thinks it is important that the United States stand in support with Israel and help fight anti-Semitism and religious intolerance around the globe.

Edie Roodman, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, and Nechoma Goldman said they and other members of the metro-area Jewish community appreciated the governor’s commitment to making the inaugural Capitol menorah a reality.

“The Hanukkah lights are meant to bring a glow and warmth out to the community,” Roodman said.

“It’s a perfect chance to share our holiday and our shared blessings.”


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