MILWAUKEE – The Daniel Hoan Memorial Bridge will be lit up like a giant menorah for Chanukah.
The Milwaukee Jewish Federation, the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, and the Light the Hoan organization are partners in the effort. It starts with one candle of electric lights on the Downtown bridge on Thursday, the first night of Chanukah. A shamash, or helper candle, will also appear from the start, and for each time a candle is added, for eight nights.
The bridge spans nearly two miles, connecting downtown Milwaukee with the south side by way of Interstate 794. Lighting was added to the Hoan Bridge after the Daniel Hoan Foundation launched a fundraising campaign in 2018. This will be the first time the bridge lighting will be used to celebrate Chanukah. Support beams will act as candles in the display, according to Milwaukee Jewish Federation.
The lighting is scheduled for 7 p.m. nightly, except for on Friday when it is slated for 4 p.m. because of Shabbat, and on Saturday, when it’s slated for 7:30 p.m.
The lighting will be on the west side of the bridge, easily viewable from the east. It will also be shown live at the Federation Facebook page, @JewishMilwaukee.