Jewish Hospital Medical Center East
- Fox Family Lights Chanukah Candles at Jewish Hospital Medical Center East - Archived
Louisville, Ky. (November 27, 2013)—Members of the Fox family will carry on a 59-year tradition when they all come together to light Chanukah candles on Sunday, December 1 at 5 p.m. at Jewish Hospital Medical Center East (3920 Dutchmans Lane). The traditional lighting of the Fox Family Chanukah Menorah is done 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.
One of 14 siblings, Hilda never married and, according to family members, the hospital was her life. In addition to her other responsibilities, she took it upon herself to erect a menorah and light Chanukah candles each year for patients and visitors to Jewish Hospital during the holiday.
After her death, the family purchased a simple wooden menorah and for over five decades, different family members came to the hospital each night of the holiday to light the candles in her memory. Thirteen 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 Jewish Hospital Medical Center East.
Today the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren of the family carry on their Chanukah tradition in perpetuity.
The public is invited to enjoy the lighting ceremony and photo opportunities are available.
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