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Chanukkah 2020/5781 at the LJS




A Chanukkah event each night 10 - 17 December, 2020

'Don't let the light go out, let it shine through our love and our tears...'

An exciting array of services, events and activities throughout the festival period were planned for Chanukkah at the LJS - the first night fell on Thursday 10 December.

We lit our Menorah designed by the Israeli sculptor Frank Meisler, and shared our Chanukkiyot with us when we gathered together via Zoom.

In addition to the Shabbat morning L’Dor va’Dor Chanukkah service on 12 December with Rimon pupils, we were delighted to have The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Rabbi Sybil Sheridan and Dr Mohamed Keshavjee join us, together with other distinguished guests, for a Multi-Faith celebration on the evening of Thursday 17 December.

Other celebrations included online Jazz, a quiz night with Rabbi Igor Zinkov and a lighthearted talk on Chanukkah and Christmas by Rabbi Dr Michael Hilton. On the afternoon of Sunday 13 December, there was a virtual KIT (Keep In Touch) party.









'Don’t let the light go out’ was the theme of this year’s online multi-faith and truly inclusive Chanukkah celebration. Over 300 people from round the world, representing all faiths, had registered. After a warm welcome from Rabbi Alexandra Wright and an explanation of the Chanukkah story, with delightful illustrations by Ariel Galimard, our three distinguished guest speakers representing the three Abrahamic faiths were introduced: The Most Revd Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, Rabbi Sybil Sheridan, and Dr Mohamed Keshavjee (pictured above). It was a privilege to hear their uplifting and thoughtful messages as they reflected on the light that prevails through even the darkest of times, not least this era of coronavirus.

We received recorded greetings from the Israeli and Austrian ambassadors to the UK, the President of The World Union for Progressive Judaism, as well as representatives from Sikh, Zoroastrian, Hindu and Jain communities. Ann and Bob Kirk hosted a wonderful video tour of our synagogue. After the candle-lighting, led by Rabbi Igor Zinkov, the evening ended with the song ‘Don’t let the light go out’ by Peter Yarrow, performed by choristers and congregants from the LJS and with a backdrop of families lighting their chanukkiyot. It was a truly heart-warming and uplifting occasion.

Mon, 6 December 2021 2 Tevet 5782