Candles being lit to celebrate Hanukkah
A special ceremony to mark the Jewish Festival of Lights Hanukkah will take place outside the Town Hall on Thursday 2 December from 4pm –5.30pm.
A 10ft menorah has been installed outside Mulberry Place provided by the Greenwich & Docklands Chabad Jewish Community Centre for Thursday’s event, which is open to the public to attend.
The eight-day festival which started on 28 November runs until 6 December, is one of the most celebratory times in the Jewish calendar, with families exchanging presents and lighting eight very special candles.
Rabbi Ephraim Carlebach, co-director of Greenwich & Docklands Chabad Jewish Community Centre, said:
“Last year due to the pandemic we were unable to have a community event so I am thrilled we can have residents attend, find out more about Hanukkah and join in this special festival.”
Religious leaders including Reverend Alan Green from the Tower Hamlets Interfaith Forum and Leon Silver from Nelson Street Synagogue will be attending the event alongside Mayor John Biggs.
Mayor Biggs said: “I am proud to be taking part in the community Hanukkah event and hope many of you can join us for this special event.
“I’d like to wish a happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating this Jewish festival which marks light triumphing over darkness and freedom from religious oppression.”
Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman, Deputy Mayor and Cabinet Member for Work, Economic Growth and Faith said: “The last 18 months have been tough and challenging for all and one of the things that has kept us going is the spirit of community and for many their faith.
“As a diverse borough we home to people of all different faiths and I would encourage residents who don’t know much about Hanukkah to come along and find out.”
To attend the event please arrive by 4pm on Thursday 2 December outside the Town Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.
If you are unable to attend the event you will be able to watch the ceremony live streamed on Facebook.
Follow the Greenwich and Docklands Chabad Jewish Community Centre to watch the livestream.
Posted on Monday 29th November 2021