Chabad of Melbourne CBD held their annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting in Parliament House on the 2nd Day of Chanukah. Under the direction of the Central Business District’s Shliach, Rabbi Chaim Herzog, Chabad has now been hosting the event, which takes place in the Parliament of Victoria for eighteen years.
The program featured Master of Ceremonies, Mr. David Southwick MP member for Caulfield Victoria, he has participated graciously for the past twelve years. Mr. Southwick introduced Rabbi Herzog who lit the Menorah Lights and made the blessings, followed by Rabbi Phillip Heilbrunn, President of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria who inspired the audience with Haneiros Hallolu and Chanukah Melodies. The Honourary Deputy Leader of Victoria, James Merlino MP was in attendance conveying special greetings from the newly re-elected, Premier of Victoria.
Property tycoon Mr. Albert Dadon AM, a guest speaker, said that even though he originally comes from Israel and Europe, he visits several times a year because of close family ties. He noted the rise in Anti-Semitic events toward Israel, and the world at large.
The event catered by the renowned Classique Kosher Caterers was attended by constituents of Chabad of Melbourne CBD, along with invited guests, including numerous Rabbis, community leaders, distinguished members of Melbourne’s business community and the newly elected Jewish Member to the Parliament, Mr. Paul Hammer.