David and Laurie Matasar of Homewood, with visiting members of their family, lit the second candle on the community menorah in Flossmoor Park on Dec. 8, the second night of Hanukkah.
Their son Michael and his wife, Rachel, joined them from Colorado, and their son Jonathan and his children, Levi and Remi, came from Ohio for the occasion.
“It’s very special for us,” Laurie said. “We’re thrilled to be here and to have the honor of lighting the menorah.”
David added that while Hanukkah is not the holiest observance in the Jewish tradition, it is a special occasion.
“We really appreciate the community coming out here and sharing Hanukkah. It’s really community based and family based,” he said. “It is special for us to be out here to share this time with friends and family.”
Before the candle lighting and blessing, Flossmoor Trustee Jim Mitros welcomed everyone and introduced Congresswoman Robin Kelly, who made a brief comment.
“It’s an honor to be with you,” she said. “I just wanted to wish everyone happy Hanukkah and may there be peace soon for all of us.”