Celebrating the Festival of Lights
Photos by Carli Wentworth
If the beauty of any holiday could be captured in a single place, that holiday would be Hanukkah and the place would be Sherry Barton’s Oklahoma City home.
Barton, whose petite stature belies her larger-than-life personality, celebrates Hanukkah in much the same way she celebrates life: Go big or go home. She readily admits that she “might go a little overboard” with her Hanukkah decorations, which include a collection of almost 50 menorahs she’s collected from all over the world throughout the past several decades. However, the result is a stunning visual tribute to the Festival of Lights that fills her lovely home.
this year. Beginning at sunset the evening before Thanksgiving (Wednesday, November 27), the Barton family will observe the annual tradition of dinner around a finely appointed table, which will include latkes (traditional potato pancakes) and other favorite dishes, followed by the lighting of the Shamash (the candle from which the others
in the menorah are lighted) and the opening of
a gift for each family member.
for Judaical mementoes during her travels.
A Few Of Barton’s Favorite Menorahs
she keeps in honor of her father, a WWII veteran who served as
an artillery captain in the Pacific
of famous synagogues of the Western World,
which has the Gate of Jerusalem in the center.
a gift from one of Barton’s observant girlfriends.
and another depicting the Statue of Liberty and the arrival
of immigrants at Ellis Island.