Chanucah

Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg ducks questions over David Ward

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2013

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has refused to comment on antisemitic remarks made by backbench MP David Ward, despite telling a Board of Deputies event this week that intolerance and extremism must be countered.

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Student hospitalised after Birmingham Hillel Chanucah blaze

By Charlotte Oliver, December 5, 2013

A chanucah candle was the cause of a fire that left one person in hospital and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at the Hillel House in Birmingham last week.

The blaze broke out on the second night of Chanucah in the library of the student residence where several menorahs had been lit to mark the festival.

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On Campus in December 2013

By Charlotte Oliver, December 4, 2013

The beginning of December was lit by menorahs as Chanucah ushered in the cold, wintery month. Students around the UK got into the holiday spirit, joining JSocs, Chabadniks and Chaplains in celebrating the occasion with parties, dinners - and, of course, a whole lot of doughnuts.

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Jessie J wishes Sinai School a happy Chanucah

By Rosa Doherty, December 2, 2013
Jessie J was shown last week at Sinai School’s first Chanukah Assembly, where over 700 students participated in singing, dancing and lighting the menorah. More videos will be shown this week, which is part of a whole host of Chanukah activities including Arts and Crafts, Workshops and the school Choir Singing for the elderly.

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The miracle of Chanucah is that, now, everyone knows about it

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, November 29, 2013

It’s Chanukah again, folks. And, yes, that’s the way we spell it in our household. The chanukiot have a temporary home by the pond in Hampstead Heath, alongside Golders Green Station, and pride of place on our mantelpiece. My daughter is bleating for doughnuts, gelt and every Moxie doll she sees on television.

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Norwich Chanucah party is rearranged

By Rosa Doherty, November 28, 2013

A venue in Norwich has rearranged a Chanucah party organised by a messianic “rabbi” after complaints from the Jewish community.

The event, hosted by Binyamin Sheldrake, a member of the Adat Yeshua group, was due to take place in a public area of The Forum, a city-centre building which gets thousands of visitors.

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Chanucah rendition of Ellie Goulding's 'Burn' by The Maccabeats

By Sandy Rashty, November 28, 2013
American acapella group, The Maccabeats, have released a new Chanucah single. The music video, a rendition of British Jewish singer Ellie Goulding's Burn, features a Jewish boy struggling to embrace his Jewish identity and battle bullies.

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Parents count cost as gift-giving turns Chanucah into a ‘pseudo Christmas’

By Marcus Dysch, November 28, 2013

Doughnuts, latkes and the menorah are the staples of Chanucah, loved by children and families around the world.

But a hunger for ever-more expensive gifts and extravagant celebrations means that, for many people, the Festival of Lights has become a financial and logistical nightmare.

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Britain’s political leaders get festive for Chanucah

By Marcus Dysch, November 28, 2013

Britain’s political leaders have praised the Jewish community at the start of Chanucah.

Labour leader Ed Miliband called the festival a “very special week”. Referring to the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht earlier this month, he said: “There could not be a greater contrast between the darkness of Kristallnacht and the enlightenment of Chanucah.

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