Only in Jacksonville – Making History! World’s First Muffler Menorah to be Kindled at Southside Chabad at Onset of Chanukah’s First Night

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Drawing on the diverse themes of Chanukah as well as contemporary headlines, Southside Chabad will light the world’s first and only Muffler Menorah. Designed and handcrafted by Jacksonville master mechanic Tim Davis, the Menorah is constructed entirely of used small block ford V8 mufflers.

Drawing on the diverse themes of Chanukah as well as contemporary headlines, Southside Chabad will light the world’s first and only Muffler Menorah. Designed and handcrafted by Jacksonville master mechanic Tim Davis, the Menorah is constructed entirely of used small block ford V8 mufflers.

The unique Menorah lends itself to a variety of significant metaphors. It is symbolic of transforming unpleasant, polluting vehicle exhaust into the pure illumination of the gentle Chanukah flames; transforming darkness into light - the message of the Festival of Lights, Chanukah.

“Chanukah reminds us of the transformational power of light, overthrowing the oppressive forces of darkness that impede our ability to do good, serve G-d and make this world a brighter, friendlier and holier place,” said Rabbi Shmuli Novack, spiritual leader of Southside Chabad.

The eco-friendly Menorah will be kindled at the onset of the First Night of Chanukah at Chabad of Southside’s Chanukah Party called The Great Chanukah Fry on Saturday Evening Dec. 8th at 7pm. The event will include The Latke Fry Off competition, children’s activities and refreshments. Free and open to the public RSVP’s encouraged at SouthsideChabad.com.

“I constructed this beautiful, functional and kosher Chanukah Candelabra from used, tattered and filthy mufflers. I think at times people can feel down, un-important or beat but when we come together for a good purpose we can all shine a bright light of goodness in our lives, and our surroundings, just like the Menorah.”

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