Carnegie Mellon University
December 10, 2012

News Brief: Carnegie Mellon Pipe Band To Play Chanukah Music for Inaugural Grand Menorah Lighting

Contact: Abby Simmons / 412-268-4290 /

MenorahPITTSBURGH—In celebration of Chanukah, Chabad of Carnegie Mellon University will hold its first Grand Menorah Lighting at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12 on the Cut. CMU faculty members will light a nine-foot menorah followed by a Pipe Band performance.
Rabbi Shlomo Silverman, director of Chabad of CMU, said, "Bagpipes are only a nine-note instrument, so playing Jewish music can be a challenge. The director of the band, Andrew Carlisle, has put together a medley using sections of music that the bagpipes will be able to play."
Chabad and co-sponsors Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity, the Hillel Jewish University Center, Jewish Student Association and Tartans for Israel, will provide hot apple cider and latkes (potato pancakes) to attendees.
More information about the menorah lighting, which is open to the public, and Chabad's week of Chanukah programs is available at Questions may be directed to Rabbi Silverman at or 412-772-8505.