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Jewish community holds remembrance ceremony for Sheldon Adelson in Las Vegas

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Posted at 9:10 PM, Jan 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-18 09:47:12-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Jewish community gathered to remember 87-year-old Sheldon Adelson in west Las Vegas on Sunday.

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“I wanted to cry and tell him how much he meant to us,” said Noa Peri-Jensch, with the Israelí American Council.

The ceremony took place at the Israeli American Council’s clubhouse near Alta Drive and Rampart Boulevard.

Countless vehicles drove past the entrance to light a candle in Adelson’s honor.

“In Jewish tradition, we light a candle that’s symbolic of the soul, because we believe a person continues to live on through the good deeds and the inspiration they had,” said Rabbi Shea Harlig.

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Through all his success, Adelson’s faith and commitment to the Jewish community was an integral part of his life.

Longtime friends of Adelson also stopped by.

“It is so appropriate that people are going to show the dedication to his service to this community,” said Neville Pokroy.

Adelson and his wife, Dr. Miriam Adelson were known to give generously to Jewish and Israeli causes.

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“Sheldon was someone who we all loved very much and will miss very much,” said Peri-Jensch.