Burbs Big Enough for Two Holidays

Naperville celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah

Thursday, Dec 10, 2009  |  Updated 9:30 PM CDT
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Move over Christmas tree, there's a new menorah in Naperville.

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Hanukkah and Christmas will both play lead roles in Naperville this year.

On  the eve of the Jewish holiday, the Naperville Park District agreed to add a menorah to the Riverwalk holiday display after previously rejecting the request by the Chabad Jewish Center. 

An ordinance normally forbids private groups from putting up signs, but the group donated the menorah to the park district so it could be put up in time for Hanukkah, which begins at sundown Friday.

An attorney for the Park district Price said the rejection was not about religion.

"We have designated place in the park district for free speech events," Park district attorney Derke Price told the Chicago Tribune. "The Riverwalk is not one of them."

Rabbi Mendy Goldstein told the paper the menorah was a "universal message of good over evil and light over darkness. It's a message for everyone."

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