CHANUCAH CANDLES are due to be lit at Westminster Abbey in what some are suggesting may be the first time in its 1,000-year history.
A joint Advent/Chanucah celebration is to be held on Sunday week at the church where the country’s sovereigns are crowned.
“It is hugely historic,” said David Gifford, chief executive of the Council of Christians and Jews.
“Westminster Abbey is a Royal Peculiar, which means it does not have a bishop and is answerable to the Crown. This makes the occasion more significant, especially as the Queen is patron of CCJ.”
Candles will be lit for Advent and for Chanucah. Since the ceremony falls two days before the actual start of Chanucah, the traditional blessings for the lighting of the menorah will not be recited.