Community celebrates Jewish Heritage Night at Vivint arena with menorah lighting during Jazz game

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Rabbi Avremi Zippel of Chabad Lubavitch of Utah lights a menorah during halftime as the Utah Jazz host the Portland Trail Blazers, NBA basketball in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019. At right is Rabbi Samuel Spector.

Hoops and Hanukkah were celebrated Thursday night.

In a display of unity and togetherness in northern Utah’s Jewish community, Chabad Lubavitch of Utah joined Thursday with Congregation Kol Ami, Temple Har Shalom, Chabad of Park City, Young Jewish Professionals of Utah and the I.J. and Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center on Thursday to host the fourth Jewish Heritage Night at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

A menorah was kindled at halftime as the Utah Jazz played the Portland Trail Blazers and “shown on every screen in the building,” Rabbi Benny Zippel, executive director of Chabad Lubavitch of Utah, said in a news release, bringing Hanukkah’s message of “hope and religious freedom” to the thousands in attendance.