Missing menorah nixes celebration | AspenTimes.com

Missing menorah nixes celebration

Chad Abraham

Call it “The Case of the Missing Menorah.”Organizers of an eight-day Hanukkah celebration on the Snowmass Village mall were forced to cancel it Sunday evening, after people already had gathered for the lighting of the traditional first candle.The mall’s property manager on Monday said that a menorah she ordered from http://www.menorah.net was never delivered.”There were a lot of people” who showed up for Sunday’s ceremony, said Rachel Bauer, property manager of the mall, which Meridan Pacific Ltd. owns. A few of them came into her office to ask about the menorah, and she had to tell them the event was canceled. Others probably were walking around looking for it, she predicted.Bauer said she was livid with the Internet company, having contacted it repeatedly about the symbol. Menorah.net is based in West Orange, N.J. A message left at its offices Monday evening was not returned.A posting on the website for the Timberline Condominiums in Snowmass Village described the menorah ceremony this way:”The Snowmass Village Mall hosts Menorah on the Mall this winter with a lit 9-foot Menorah and prayer ceremony every night at 4:30 p.m. beginning Dec. 25 for eight consecutive days. The Menorah will be set up facing the Clock Tower and the ceremony will include free hot apple cider and donuts.”But “everything, unfortunately, had to get canceled because the menorah didn’t show up,” Bauer said. The 9-foot symbol, which sells for $995 on the menorah.net website, was ordered in November.A rabbi at the company “has apologized up and down, left and right,” Bauer said. Menorah.net officials have promised to check with DHL, the shipping company that it uses.In Snowmass Village, there haven’t been complaints, exactly, about the missing menorah. But people “are just wondering where it’s at. It’s very unfortunate,” Bauer said.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com

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