Gov. Matt Mead, other officials, speak at menorah lighting ceremony at Wyoming State Capitol


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CHEYENNE, Wyoming — Wyoming government officials joined with members of the state's Jewish community at the state Capitol in Cheyenne on Wednesday for the seventh annual celebration there of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights.

Chabad Rabbi Zalman Mendelsohn and his wife Raizy Mendelsohn of Jackson presided at the event. It featured musical presentations from local school children and a U.S. Army band.

Rabbi Mendelsohn said it was a testament to the beauty of the state of Wyoming that people chose to attend the event marking a holiday that celebrates freedom and dates back thousands of years.

Mead said the event underscored that all people, regardless of differences in religion, can pray for peace and better understanding while reflecting on what they can do to provide light around the world.

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