The City of Markham honoured the victims of the Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue massacre at its annual Menorah Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 5.

“Chanukah is a time to celebrate new beginnings and a time to reflect on the blessings we have here as a community,” said Mayor Frank Scarpitti, in a statement. “The Menorah is a symbol of hope and peace and as we light the candles over eight days, we remember those who have been victims of hatred and violence.”

Members of municipal council joined Rabbi Avraham E. Plotkin of Chabad Lubavitch of Markham in the ceremonial lighting at Markham Civic Centre.

Chanukah is the eight-day Jewish festival of lights and at the heart of the festival is the nightly Menorah Lighting. As part of the ceremony, Markham remembered the 11 people killed in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27 by a gunman who opened fire on the congregation while shouting anti-Semitic slurs.

Photo courtesy of the City of Markham.