Thousands of people of all ages and stripes gathered on Tuesday, December 27, the forth night of Chanukah, at the centrally located Caulfield Park in Melbourne, Australia, to mark the 25th annual Chanukah in the Park celebration.
The children of OK Kosher employees had a blast at their annual Chanukah extravaganza, held Thursday, the 5th day of Chanukah, at Lubavitcher Yeshiva-580 Crown Street.
Children with special needs and their families gathered for the Friendship Circle of Brooklyn’s annual Chanukah celebration, featuring a performance by the Twins from France.
As the eighth night of Chanukah met the final night of 2016, a multi-generational and ethnically diverse crowd of hundreds of participants made their way to Yellowstone Municipal Park in Forest Hills, Queens, ready to embrace the holiday’s miracles.
Prime Minister Mike Eman of Aruba joined 1,500 residents and tourists who came out to celebrate Chanukah with a menorah-lighting and holiday concert at the Hyatt Beach Deck in Palm Beach.
Bad weather dashed the hopes of Chabad in New Mexico, which hoped to win a spot in the record books by creating the world’s only menorah made from hot air balloons on the last night of Chanukah. The event went on anyway, just without the launch of nine balloons that would have created the menorah.
This year, Chanukah was uniquely celebrated by Released Time children, who had off from public school, due to the holiday season. Following the Rebbe’s requests, these vacation days were utilized to imbue the children with the Jewish education they may be missing throughout the year.
Curitiba is the capital and largest city of the Brazilian state of Paraná. As in the past 19 years, Chabad of Curitiba organized the manufacture, packing and distribution of Chanukah candles to the approximately 850 Jewish families residing in Parana.
Rabbi Mikhael Cohen, Founder and Executive Director of Jewish-French Community Center of New York, led a Chanukah celebration at the French Consulate in Manhattan on the fourth night of Chanukah, hosted by Consul General Anne-Claire Legendre. Present at the event were several notable leaders and dignitaries, including Rabbi Arthur Schneier, Mrs. Marion Wiesel and French Government Minister Mr. Frédéric Lefebvre.
The lights of Chanukah filled the streets and homes of Kharkov, Ukraine, this year, with the local Chabad Shluchim spearheading a full range of new programs for all ages.
Hundreds of people came from all over The Netherlands to unite and celebrate Chanukah on the most famous square in Holland, Dam Square, located in front of the Dutch Royal Palace in Amsterdam.
The room was packed. Not an empty space was to be found on Sunday at the Live Tzvios Hashem Global Rally connecting Hebrew Academy in Coral Springs, FL, with 770 and London.
Chabad of Northeast London & Essex rejoiced this Chanukah by holding six separate public lighting ceremonies across the borough, which collectively drew in close to 2,000 people to the events. Each event was special, however, this year for the very first time, a new menorah was made and kindled with a special ceremony on the 5th night dedicated to the treasured memory of their fellow Shliach, Rabbi Moshe Muller, OBM, who tragically passed away suddenly on Rosh Chodesh Iyar.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull helped light the menorah on Friday afternoon at Central Synagogue in Sydney on the seventh day of Chanukah. Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Levi Wolff, rabbi of the congregation, and others watched as Turnbull in lit the shamash candle on the menorah so that the others, in turn, could be ignited.
The Mayor of Hollywood, Florida, Josh Levy, joined with Rabbi Raphael Tennenhaus of Chabad of South Broward for a public menorah lighting at city hall.
This year saw the biggest crowds ever as hundreds gathered to participate in the lighting of New Jersey’s largest Menorah in Monroe Township.
Baltimore Shliach and Police Chaplain Rabbi Chesky Tenenbaum, director of Jewish Uniformed Service Association of Maryland-Chabad, along with his son Mendel, led a Menorah Lightning ceremony at Baltimore Police Department Headquarters with Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and members of Police and Baltimore City Fire Department.
On Thursday, 29 December, in anticipation of the lighting of the 6th Chanukah Candle, Sydney became alive with scores of cars carrying Menorahs on their roofs driving through the city, reminding everyone of the great miracles that took place many years ago.
Deena, Noa and Rachel, college students and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors, were three of 70 participants on LivingLinks, Chabad on Campus International’s first heritage trip to Poland. In a trip filled with emotional and poignant moments, the most riveting was when they lit the first candle of Chanukah in Auschwitz lI-Birkenau concentration camp.
Chabad of the Valley’s “Chanukah at CityWalk” once again surpassed expectations despite California’s uncharacteristic bout of cold weather, as families came out in large numbers and flocked to the plaza at Universal Studios CityWalk for the annual event, which for many has become the highlight of the eight day Chanukah Holiday.
In what has become a yearly tradition, members of the Brooklyn Jewish community thanked the local police chief and honored him with lighting The Largest Menorah.
The sounds of laughter and music filled the halls of Lubavitcher Yeshiva of Flatbush this past Tuesday, as the boys were treated to a fabulous Chanukah carnival sponsored by their wonderful PTA.