The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh is setting up a 24/7 repeating video feed of a Chanukah candle lighting ceremony to play on screens at home — a Chanukah twist on virtual fireplace backgrounds. Each night, starting Dec. 10, the video will repeat for 24 hours until the candles are lit the next night.
“The Jewish Federation has been focusing on helping people affected by the pandemic, and one of the major areas of need is keeping isolated people connected to Jewish life,” explained Adam Hertzman, the Federation’s director of marketing, in a press release. “In a year in which a lot of people can’t get together with loved ones for Chanukah, we thought that a virtual community menorah might bring a smile to a few of those people. It’s not just 24/7, it’s 24/8 for the eight days of Chanukah.”
The Federation hopes the candle lighting cam will bring warmth despite the physical distance.
“I hope some people — whether Jewish or not — keep the candles up on a screen to remind them that they are not alone,” said Hertzman.
The video feed is available at jewishpgh.org/Chanukah. PJC
– Kayla Steinberg