...and see­ing in Chanu­cah

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BERNARD JOSEPHS

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.

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