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First Candle Lit at ‘Crossroads of the World’

Photos by Benams

A group of Bochrim braved the poor weather conditions and brought the Chanukah spirit to Times Square – “the crossroads of the world.” The Bochurim assembled a Menorah made of PVC, and gave the honor of lighting it to a passing Jew. They then fanned out and distributed Menorah kits and the traditional jelly doughnuts to the many passersby.

Alan Gross Released After 5 Years in Cuban Jail

Jewish-American contractor Alan Gross has landed in the U.S. after being released earlier today from a Cuban prison, where he had been held for five years. His release coincides with an historic deal between the U.S. and Cuban governments to normalize relations between the two nations, after over 50 years of hostility and embargo.