Chanucah

Chanucah lights up in Southend

December 22, 2015

Chanucah celebrations in Southend attracted hundreds of people. There was standing room only at the Cliffs Pavilion in Westcliff for the nightly lighting of the public menorah. The first night's lighting was dedicated to the memory of the late Barbara Newman whose inspiration led to the town's community establishing the annual public lighting of a giant menorah 12 years ago.

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Primary school children enjoying doughnuts from the JC

December 16, 2015

To celebrate Chanucah, the Jewish Chronicle provided over 6,000 doughnuts to 21 Jewish Primary schools across the UK.

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Sex abuser's name removed from Trafalgar Square giant menorah

By Rosa Doherty, December 14, 2015

The name of a strictly Orthodox man who abused a schoolgirl has been removed from one of the community's largest public menorahs.

Organisers of the Chanucah in the Square event confirmed they had agreed to cover the plaque carrying Menachem Mendel Levy's name once they were made aware of it.

Father-of-six Levy was sentenced to three years in jail for two counts of sexual assault in 2013.

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Sex abuser's name on Trafalgar Square menorah despite conviction

By Rosa Doherty, December 14, 2015

One of the community’s largest public menorahs carries the name of a strictly Orthodox man who abused a schoolgirl.

Father-of-six Menachem Mendel Levy was sentenced to a three-year jail term for two counts of sexual assault in 2013.

But his name has remained on the giant Chanuciah used for the Chanucah in the Square event in London’s Trafalgar Square despite his conviction.

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Next year, give them tradition

By Lauren Libbert, December 10, 2015

Strolling around the department store, I felt the palpitations begin. There was a tin of Match Attax football cards my boys would love. And look, a Hulk Hogan action figure from the Wrestling Hall of Fame and a Marvin's magic set and mini-Rubik's cube key-ring.

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Chanucah in the corridors of power

By Sandy Rashty, December 10, 2015

This week, being a friend of Israel came at a heavy price.

Parliamentarians and business moguls protectively clasped their bellies and apologised for not being able to stomach another bite as freshly-stocked trays of doughnuts made their way around this week's series of Chanucah parties.

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Students launch Chanucah campaign for Israeli terror victims

By Naomi Firsht, December 7, 2015

The Union of Jewish Students has launched a Chanucah campaign to commemorate Israelis killed in terror attacks since September.

The move comes as a response to recent vigils for Palestinian terrorists on campuses and the National Union of Students’ failure to include Israelis in a statement expressing solidarity with global victims of terror attacks.

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In face of terror, Paris Jews gather for public menorah lighting at Eiffel Tower

By JC Reporter, December 7, 2015

Just weeks after terrorists murdered 130 people on the streets of Paris, an estimated 6,000 people gathered at the Eiffel Tower to watch the lighting of a 30-foot-tall menorah on the first night of Chanucah in defiance of official warnings to keep a low profile.

The annual public lighting ceremony – organised by Paris Chabad – was particularly poignant this year.

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Here's why men can't buy decent Chanucah gifts

By Gloria Moss, December 18, 2014

The Chanucah lights are shining and many are celebrating the vanquishing of the Assyrian Greeks, and the triumph of good over evil, through the exchange of gifts. This may just be Chanucah gelt for children but some will shower their loved ones with more lavish presents.

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