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12/12/04

Hanukkah Tradition Still Burns Brightly

It's is the time of year when we celebrate miracles even those that happened centuries ago.

On the sixth night of Hanukah some members of South Mississippi's Jewish community gathered at the synagogue in Biloxi.

Potatoes, flour and eggs.

Latkes, a traditional Jewish food, blends centuries of history and faith into the celebration of Hanukah.

"Potato Latkes are very traditional," said Mark Tevor.

"It's the only holiday we actually make them. People eat them with sour cream on top or apple sauce," he added.

Jewish custom is to celebrate both at home and as a community.

"It's nice to be with friends. It's nice to see how their families are doing. It's nice to learn different parts of tradition," said Elizabeth Levy.

The survival of these traditions depends each coming generation.

During the party, children played a popular Hanukah game called Dreidel.

It's a game that grew from the religious persecution Jews endured from the Greeks.

Jews would pretend to be playing Dreidel if someone were about to discover them studying the word of God.

Sidney Elena also got her first glimpse of a minora during the event.

The baby's mother says she's grateful for a place where her daughter can come to learn more about her heritage.

"Because there is such a small community here of Jewish children, I think it's important for them to get to know the Jewish kids throughout the Gulf Coast," said Eden Rubenstein.

As Jews celebrate the miracle of one days worth of oil lasting for eight, they are also celebrating a tradition that continues to burn brightly.

The local chapter of B'nai B'rith put on tonight's Hanukah celebration.

By Danielle Thomas

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