A Chapman University student asked the City Council this week to install a menorah to accompany the Christmas symbols that traditionally adorn the historic downtown plaza during the holiday season.
Asher Provda, a political science student at Chapman, requested that the city purchase and set up a menorah in the plaza to "celebrate . . . the diversity of the city."
A Christmas tree, Santa Claus, snowman and Nativity scene currently decorate the plaza.
The menorah, used during the celebration of Hanukkah, is a candelabrum with nine branches. The festival of Hanukkah ended earlier this week, but Provda argued that since the public recognizes the winter holiday season through Jan. 1, "a celebration of the Jewish faith" should also go on through New Year's Day.
Provda said a traditional menorah for public display would be about 8 feet tall and could be "obtained rather quickly" for about $500 if the council approved.