Tradition of Lighting the Fox Family Chanukah Menorah Continues


Medical Center Jewish East

This year on the fifth night of Chanukah, Sunday, Dec. 1, the Fox family gathered and invited the community to join them for that evening’s candle lighting at Medical Center Jewish East. Click here to view more photos.

Members of the Fox family continued a 59-year tradition when they lit the Chanukah candles at Medical Center Jewish East each night during the Jewish holiday, which began Nov. 28.

The traditional lighting of the Fox Family Chanukah Menorah is performed to honor the memory of Hilda Fox, head nurse at Jewish Hospital for many years prior to her death on the fourth night of Chanukah, 1956. In addition to her other responsibilities, Hilda took it upon herself to erect a menorah and light Chanukah candles each year for patients and visitors at Jewish Hospital during the holiday.

After her death, the family purchased a simple wooden menorah and for decades, different family members came to the hospital each night of the holiday to light the candles in her memory.

Fourteen years ago, Jewish Hospital commissioned Louisville artists Julius Friedman and Mark Fowler to design a new menorah, which the family now uses to light candles each night at Medical Center Jewish East.

Today the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren of the family carry on their Chanukah tradition in perpetuity.

This year on the fifth night of Chanukah, Sunday, Dec. 1, the Fox family gathered and invited the community to join them for that evening’s candle lighting.

Medical Center Jewish East is the proud home of this nearly six decades old tradition.

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