Sex abuser's menorah for Chanukah in the Square will not be used this year

The menorah Menachem, designed by Mendel Levy, will not be used for the event - for the first time since his conviction five years ago


The Jewish Leadership Council has finally agreed to ditch a giant menorah designed by a convicted sex abuser for its Chanukah celebration in Trafalgar Square.

The artefact had been donated by Menachem Mendel Levy, of Golders Green, who was jailed for three years in 2013 for indecent assault of a child under the age of 16.

In 2015, the JLC removed a plaque honouring Mr Levy from the menorah which it had used in the previous three years.

But the victim of his assault, Yehudis Goldsobel, wanted the JLC to stop using the menorah altogether.

After a meeting with her this week, the JLC announced it was “extremely pleased to have a different menorah for Chanukah in the Square this year and hope that it will continue to be a source of pride for everyone in the Jewish community.

“It would not be right to continue to use the old menorah and as organisers we believe that moving forward with a different menorah will symbolise the unity and strength of our community.”

A JLC spokesperson said: "We are currently looking in to the most environmentally friendly way of disposing of it."

Ms Goldsobel, founding director of  Migdal Emunah, a charity which supports victims of sexual abuse, told the JC earlier this year that “continuing to use this menorah donated by a convicted sex offender is giving the wrong message.

"Why not use the opportunity of adding light into the world to make a profound statement in support of the hundreds of victims of abuse in our community."

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