...and seeing in Chanucah
A CHANUCAHreception is to be held for the first time by the Foreign Office, with the first candle expected to be lit next Wednesday by Foreign Secretary David Miliband at Carlton Gardens, his official residence.
Communal figures have been invited to the ceremony, which was welcomed by Jewish leaders. A Board of Deputies spokesman said: “That such a senior government minister is hosting a Chanucah-lighting signals the strength of the relationship with our community.” Chanucah lights are now kindled in Downing Street, at Scotland Yard, the School for Oriental and African Studies, Trafalgar Square and at other sites around the country.
“Each should be seen as a public affirmation of our place and regard within British society.”
The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, is helping to mark Chanucah by joining the Jewish community in Trafalgar Square on December 11 to light a specially designed 30ft menorah. Londoners are invited to eat latkes and doughnuts, courtesy of City Hall.