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Stories and reports that have appeared in the media during the past two weeks regarding Chabad-Lubavitch



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Hundreds Celebrate Lighting Of Sf'S Giant Menorah - SFGate - CA

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

For the 43rd year in the row, a crowd gathered in San Francisco's Union Square to light a twenty-five foot tall menorah on the first night of Hanukkah. The menorah was first lit in Union Square in 1975 with the help of legendary music promoter Bill Graham. It has been called the 'mama' menorah because it inspired thousands of other public menorahs around the world. Rabbi Yosef Langer, the executive director, Chabad of S.F., lit the menorah with the help of George Zimmer, Mark Leno, State Senator Scott Wiener, and Lori Starr, Executive Director of The Contemporary Jewish Museum…



Berks Hanukkah Event Celebrates Peace, Love, Unity - Reading Eagle - PA

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

…Lipsker, the rabbi at Chabad-Lubavitch, spoke from a small platform near the fountain in front of Boscov's. A tall, metal menorah stood in front of him as he addressed the crowd. Lipsker said that in the United States, we often take for granted the freedom to practice different religions, and that the event was about sharing the light of Hanukkah and celebrating with the whole Berks County community in a spirit of love, peace and unity. A couple of people on stage led the crowd in a Hebrew blessing as William D. Franklin, president of the Jewish Federation of Reading, lit the menorah…



Arad Lights First Hannukah Candle In Memory Of Slain Soldier - Ynetnews

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Rabbi Menachem Kutner, Chabad emissary to victims of terror, added: "We are standing where murderers tried to hurt us, each and every Jew. Ron stood here and with his body prevented a greater tragedy. Their goal was to darken the world and we are here tonight to bring light to Israel." The Rabbi turned to the family and said: "When you light the Menorah in this spot, you are delivering a clear message to our enemies that the light will triumph. The holy light of Hanukkah will light up our hearts and with light we will defeat our vile enemies. Your private pain is the pain of all of us. We love you."



Berlin: Hanukkah Lights And Anti-Israel Demonstrations - Brinkwire

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal is also of the opinion that Germany must do all it can to stop hateful anti-Semitic demonstrations: “I think the proposals put forth by the president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany were very positive and very important,” he said at the Brandenburg Gate menorah lighting ceremony. “We must understand that no one is an onlooker in this instance, that everyone must do everything possible to ensure that we live in a tolerant society where everyone is respected. That will also create the trust needed for a lasting, positive Jewish life, and for a positive life together here in Germany.”



In Pictures: Thousands Celebrate Chanukah In The Square - Jewish News - UK

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

More than 5,000 people braved sub-zero temperatures to celebrate the Festival of Light at the 10th annual Chanukah in the Square on Tuesday night. Entertained by live music from American a capella sensation The Maccabeats, crowds were fuelled by thousands of free doughnuts, as they sang and danced in Trafalgar Square. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis addressed crowds, as did Mayor of London Sadiq Khan, and Sharon Bar Li from the Israeli Embassy in the UK…



Hanukka Around The Globe: Fighting The Darkness With Jewish Light - Jerusalem Post

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

Around the globe, Jewish and non-Jewish people came together to celebrate the first night of Hanukka on Tuesday night. In Sweden, a land in which Jewish synagogues recently came under violent attack, the night was marked by the Gothenburg Jewish community lighting a menorah near the attacked synagogue. In Berlin, the Jewish community lit the Menorah at the famous Brandenburg Gate that was often used by the Nazi party as a site for parades and marches…



Polish Government Representatives Celebrate Hanukka in Parliament - Jerusalem Post

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Addressing the audience, Stambler referred to antisemitic incidents in the country and said: “Darkness is expelled with light. Tonight, an unequivocal message emerged from the complex that represents all Polish citizens, a message of light, of tolerance, of mutual acceptance that is the answer to those that, unfortunately, wish to lead us all to places of darkness.”…



Hanukkah Candles Lit in Polish Parliament - JTA

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

Candles for the first night of Hanukkah were lit in the Polish Parliament. The ceremony was held on Tuesday evening, shortly after the inaugural address by the new Polish prime minister, Mateusz Morawiecki, who has Jewish roots. The candle lighting was attended by the father of the new prime minister, Kornel Morawiecki; parliament speaker Marek Kuchciński; the ambassador of Israel in Warsaw Anna Azari; and representatives of Jewish organizations. The new prime minister came to the ceremony after his address to offer good wishes in honor of the holiday to Chabad Rabbi Shalom Dov Ber Stambler…



Chabad of Rockland Marks 1st Night Of Hanukkah - New City, NY Patch

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

..."There is plenty of room here in Rockland County to accommodate all religions, cultures and ethnicities," County Executive Ed Day said as Rabbi Simcha Morgenstern led a small crowd in reciting a prayer as he lit the first candle in the menorah. "All of us are enriched by exposure to cultures and beliefs other than our own. We wish everyone who celebrates a very Happy Hanukkah."…



Aurora Hosting Menorah Lighting Ceremony For Hanukkah - Aurora Banner - ON, Canada

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

Aurora is helping bring a little light into the community for Hanukkah. On Dec. 18 at 5:30 p.m. it will host a menorah lighting ceremony at Town Hall in partnership with Jewish Aurora. “We are partnering with the town to bring light to the world and to spread the universal message of freedom, illuminating the world with light,” said Rabbi Yosef Hecht, spiritual leader and executive director of Jewish Aurora. This is the first year for the event, which comes at a time when there have been anti-Sematic and hate-related graffiti in York Region…



Gary Cohn At National Menorah Lighting: Trump 'Made The Right Decision' To Name Jerusalem Capital Of Israel - Washington Examiner

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Rabbi Levi Shemtov, executive vice president of American Friends of Lubavitch, reiterated the significance of the decision. "That is a very major, historic point. And as we celebrate Hanukkah, I felt that we must acknowledge that," Shemtov said…



Menorah Lighting In Downtown Nashville Symbolizes Start Of Chanukah - WKRN - Nashville, TN

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

Chanukah begins Tuesday night, and Mayor Megan Barry helped light the city’s Menorah in downtown Nashville to celebrate. The mayor stood alongside the Chabad of Nashville as the lightning took place at 5 p.m. The event was open to the public in front of the courthouse near the steps of Public Square Park along Third Avenue North. Chanuka Gelt, donuts, and dreidels were distributed to everyone who attended…



First Night Of Chanukah Begins - CBS New York

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

...The first night of Chanukah was being celebrated in New York City with the lighting of the world’s largest menorah outside the Plaza Hotel on Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. “We light every night at 5:30 p.m., and every night we have latkes — which is the traditional Chanukah food — for everyone in attendance. We’re also happy to supply anyone with their own Chanukah menorah,” said Rabbi Shmuel Butman, director of the Lubavitch Youth Organization, which erected the 36-foot-tall menorah 40 years ago…



Menorah-Lighting Ceremony At Uvm Ushers In First Night Of Hanukkah - Burlington Free Press - VT

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

Chabad of Vermont led a menorah-lighting ceremony Tuesday evening at the University of Vermont to begin eight nights of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. Rabbi Yitzchok Raskin spoke from a Burlington Electric Department cherry picker as he lit the electrically powered menorah…



Menorah Lighting In Downtown Baltimore Marks Start Of Hanukkah - Baltimore Sun - MD

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

More than 100 people gathered Tuesday in downtown Baltimore’s McKeldin Square to light a 30-foot-high menorah and mark the first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish holiday that celebrates perseverance, faith and the power of light over darkness. “War, might, force, is a power,” said Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, the regional director of Chabad Lubavitch of Maryland. “But light, the mind, ideas are far more powerful.” Now in its eighth year, the Baltimore Chanukah Festival drew families from around the region for games, cookie decorating and music before the annual lighting…



Chabad Of Tallahassee Celebrates First Night Of Hanukkah With Menorah Lighting - Tallahassee Democrat - FL

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Rabbi Oirechman, who also is director of Chabad Lubavich at Florida State University, talked about the significance and symbolism of lighting the menorah: "Hanukkah represents the victory of light over darkness; the victory of the forces of good over evil, and the victory of religious freedom…



'Lighting Up Penn State': Chabad, Jewish Community Celebrates First Night Of Hanukkah - Daily Collegian - Penn State, PA

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

...Rabbi Nosson Meretsky, co-director of Chabad of Penn State, spoke about the history of Hanukkah — and a special “band of Jews who had conviction and wanted to hold onto their heritage” despite oppression from the Greeks in ancient times. The story’s overarching message, Meretsky said, still holds relevance today. “Each one of us has a light," he said. "The light of our souls."…



First Night Of Hanukkah Illuminates Deeper Meaning - WBNG-TV - Vestal, NY

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

Tuesday evening marked the start of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah, the festival of lights. Rabbi Levi Slonim from Chabad explained, in the Jewish tradition, the holiday celebrates miracles, one being that in ancient times a single serving of oil lasted the Jewish people eight days. Today, to celebrate, a menorah or nine-branched candelabrum is lit every night to commemorate each day the oil lasted…



Photos - Hanukkah First Night - Day - Eastern CT

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

Rabbi Avrohom Sternberg, from left, with the Congregation Ahavath Chesed, lights the menorah as New London Mayor Michael Passero watches on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, as the Chabad of Eastern Connecticut celebrates the first night of Hanukkah at Union Plaza in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)



Franklin Celebrates First Night Of Hanukkah - MetroWest Daily News - MA

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 12:00:00 EST

With the rain holding off on Tuesday evening, members of Franklin’s Jewish community gathered together at the town common for doughnuts, chocolate coins, and dancing to celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. Chabad Rabbi Mendy Kivman of the Milford Chabad House performed the ceremonial lighting while those gathered around sang, while others watched quietly with joined hands. Children danced in circles with Kivman’s wife, Rochy, and spun their new dreidels wherever they could on the slushy sidewalk…