Photos and text by Eric Heinz
It was originally planned that people would light up the Pier with their cellphones to welcome the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah on Dec. 10. That was before the sky stretched out an orange, red and dark blue tapestry across the evening sky that captured people’s attention.
Some patrons were treated to light-up menorah necklaces after arriving as one of the first 100 to the event.
Rabbi Mendel Slavin of the Chabad Jewish Center of San Clemente led the ceremonies with Mayor Tim Brown and Council member Steve Swartz. A large metal menorah was placed at the end of the Pier.
Another event for the lighting of the menorah will take place at the Outlets at San Clemente from 4-5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17.
Hanukkah started on Dec. 12 and ends Dec. 20.
Rabbi Mendel Slavin, left, and City Council member Steve Swartz speak to the audience during the Hanukkah at the Pier event on Dec. 10.
Families and friends danced at the end of the San Clemente Pier to celebrate the beginning of Hanukkah, which starts on Dec. 12.
The Jewish youth volunteers, C-Teens, help light the menorah at the San Clemente Pier on Dec. 10.
Frenchie Monceaux, also known as the San Clemente Bubble Man, entertains children on Dec. 10 during the lighting of the menorah at the end of the San Clemente Pier.