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Hanukkah exhibit at NU library

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, literally celebrates the miracle of the oil that lit a menorah for eight days and nights, when it should have lasted only one. This holiday season, an exhibit at Northwestern University Library now through Jan. 8 uses the library’s extensive Jewish Studies collection to illuminate the menorah itself.

Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, literally celebrates the miracle of the oil that lit a menorah for eight days and nights, when it should have lasted only one. This holiday season, an exhibit at Northwestern University Library now through Jan. 8 uses the library’s extensive Jewish Studies collection to illuminate the menorah itself.

“Illuminating Hanukkah: The Art and Eloquence of the Modern Menorah” explores the events, cultures and artistic styles that have shaped the menorah’s evolution over time and around the world. Books, CDs, musical scores, and other items from the collection shed light on some of the traditions that surround the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah. Twelve menorahs, each with a different story to tell about its origins, are part of the exhibit.

“Illuminating Hanukkah” is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, except Dec. 24, 25, 26 and 31, and Jan. 1, when the library will be closed. The exhibit is located on the first floor of the Main Library at 1970 Campus Drive in Evanston. For more information, call 847-491-7641.

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