NEWPORT BEACH — In a season where neighbors compete for the biggest and brightest holiday displays, the message for youngsters Tuesday night was that a little bit of light can go a long way.
Hundreds of participants gathered in Fashion Island's Atrium Garden Court for the 4:30 p.m. Chanukah Community Party, hosted by the Chabad Jewish Center of Newport Beach, and the lighting of the 6-foot "Surf 'n' Sand" menorah with former Dodger Shawn Green.
"The significance of holiday is about spreading light," said Rabbi Reuven Mintz of the Chabad center. "When we come together, we're all reminded of the miracles of the past and the ability of each one us as lamp-lighter when we reach out and kindle someone who is downtrodden, depressed or going through hardship. Everyone is empowered to be a lamp-lighter and light lives with goodness, peace and love."
Children enjoyed face-painting and holiday crafts such as creating dreidels out of marshmallows.