Hackney Council to host annual Hanukkah celebration

Hackney is to host its annual Hanukkah celebration this weekend. 

The event will be held on Sunday 18th of December, with the first lighting of the Menorah happening in Hackney Town Hall Square, which signals the start of the Jewish ‘festival of lights.’

The 12ft Menorah will stand in Hackney Town Hall Square for the duration of Hanukkah and one light will be illuminated every evening for the following eight nights. 

Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE said: “The festival of Hannukah celebrates the miracle of those who are weak and with limited resources overcoming the odds against the tyranny of the strong, and symbolises light illuminating and dispelling the darkness.

“It is a message that all people in Hackney and beyond can relate to and draw inspiration from.”

There will be musical performances from Simon Marks Jewish Primary School Choir, as well as speeches from the Mayor of Hackney and Hackney Speaker Councillor Hamaira Garasia and a blessing from Rabbi Herschel Gluck. 

Following the event all guests will be invited to go to the town hall for tea, coffee and doughnuts. 

Councillor Hamaira Garasia said: “Hackney Council is delighted to be carrying out the lighting of the Menorah.

“All are welcome to enjoy the music and a blessing from Rabbi Gluck as we mark this special Hanukkah celebration together as a community.”

You can watch the live stream of the event here:  

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