WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Signs of the season are all over NEPA including in Wilkes-Barre where a celebration of the first night of Hanukkah took place on the square.

“Although many Jewish holidays are sort of close to the vest and we keep them within the community, this is not one of them. This is a holiday that, the message is just too big and too applicable to the entire world. There’s a lot of pride to demonstrate and who cant get behind light?” Bais Menachem Youth Development program director Uri Perlman said.

“It feels amazing for me, for my family. It gives us energy for the whole year to just see how the light is alive. When I look at the light of the menorah, at the candles, it reminds me how a little bit of light, a little bit of positivity pushes away darkness,” Zushe Wilmowsky of Kingston said.

“Sometimes we go through, we have dark times in our life. Sometimes I could get sad, I could get scared what do people think about me, but it’s about each one of us lighting our light. We all have a light that we can share with the world and when we share that it automatically takes away the darkness. Lighting a candle in a dark place, especially in this world of turmoil, a little extra light wouldn’t hurt,” Shalom Friedfertig said.