The lighting of the 9-foot menorah at Shelter Cove Towne Center in December 2019 was the first time for the local event. SUBMITTED

As Hanukkah, the most widely-celebrated Jewish holiday in America, approaches, and with restrictions put in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19, local Jewish community members are preparing to celebrate the festival of lights.

This year, with social distancing measures in place, Chabad of Greater Hilton Head has planned its public menorah lighting Dec. 13 to be live-streamed. In addition, participants may join the safe Car Menorah Parade. Line-up begins at 4:30 p.m. at Tanger Outlets 2 in Bluffton, and vehicles will travel together to Shelter Cove Towne Center on Hilton Yead Island.

The lighting of the 9-foot menorah will begin at 5 p.m.

Both events are free and open to the public.

The Menorah lighting is part of the worldwide Hanukkah campaign, an initiative launched by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, in 1973. The campaign highlights and encourages the central theme of the holiday – publicizing the story of the Hanukkah miracle.