Published: Dec 08, 2012 10:07 AM EST

Tallahassee – Governor Rick Scott celebrated the beginning of Chanukah by participating in a ceremonial lighting of the menorah with Rabbi Schneur Oirechman of Chabad Lubavitch of the Panhandle-Tallahassee.

Governor Scott said, "with the beginning of Chanukah, Jewish families across Florida will reflect on the year's blessings and on the importance of tradition and family. The story of Chanukah reminds us that confidence in one's identity and hope for the future are powerful forces taht cannot be defeated-even in the darkest of times."

The governor went on to say, "Chanukah is also a time to reiterate our support for the people of Israel. Ann and I wish Florida's Jewish community a very happy Chanukah, and we are keeping our friends in Israel in our prayers for a future of peace."

The holiday begins at sun down tonight, and continues for eight nights.