The eight days of Hanukkah kick off on Tuesday
EUGENE, Ore. - Thousands of families will have an extra light in their homes starting on Tuesday, celebrating the first night of Hanukkah.
One of those families, the Gurevitch's, moved to Eugene from Brooklyn, New York to bring a "home away from home" for Jewish students at the University of Oregon. Now that students have left for winter break, they will be celebrating Hanukkah from the comfort of their home.
The Jewish holiday is celebrated for eight days, starting tonight, lighting a candle each night to represent the supply of oil that lasted eight days, instead of one.
Rabbi Gurevitch, from Chabad of Eugene, says this holiday is more than just a Jewish holiday, it's universal.
"There is a lot of darkness around us, and we have to remember that a little light is able to dispel a lot of darkness," said Rabbi Gurevitch. "All it takes is one candle in a dark room."
In the span of these eight nights, it is customary to eat food fried in oil, play with a four-sided spinner called a dreidel, and receive a gift called a gelt.
Chabad of Eugene will be holding a public ceremony with a large menorah at Valley River Center, with Mayor Lucy Vinis this Sunday at 4 p.m.