Today, at sundown, the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah begins.
In Binghamton, we have a Hanukkah House museum in a historic mansion near downtown Binghamton, run by a local synagogue.
Hanukkah House has a different theme every year. This year, it is a theme of local history - the history of the family that once owned the mansion, and it is a fascinating history. But, for me, one of the highlights has always been a collection of dolls and dollhouses.
The late owner of these dolls and dollhouses, Roberta (Bobbie) King, was a teacher and a mother of eight. Her life was tragically ended on April 3, 2009 when a gunman entered her adult education classroom and killed her and twelve other people, before ending his own life.
During her life, she owned thousands of dolls.
Mrs. King was involved in our community, and with Hanukkah House, and her family honors her by containing the tradition..
Today, in what has become a tradition on my blog, I share some photos I took this year at Hanukkah House to honor her memory.
This year, the display was smaller than usual.
Mrs. King refused to retire, and she died doing what she loved. What an example she set for all of us, with her love of family and community.
A true heroine.