Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims remembered at menorah lighting

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Despite the cold weather, folks from the Jewish community gathered at Main Street Square to celebrate the first day of Hanukkah.

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that lasts for eight day.

People lit the first candle of a giant Menorah that sits next to the ice rink in downtown Rapid City.

The menorah, or candelabra, represents the miracle of Hanukkah, when the candle's oil burned not just for one night, but eight nights.

Jewish leader Steven Benn says Hanukkah is a happy celebration of the rededication of the Holy Temple, but on Sunday night, they also remembered their brothers and sisters who were fatally shot in Pennsylvania just two months ago.

Steven Benn, president, Synagogue of the Hills, says, "In the darkness that followed the tragedy in Pittsburgh, tonight is not to minimize that tragedy. Tonight is an important time for us to remember, to pull together, and to rededicate ourselves to the strength of our community."

Benn says there are about 25 families who practice Judaism in Rapid City.