Chanukah activities in Israel

Holiday festivities were held for many living in the war zone. Great food, live entertainment, and words of inspiration provided a welcome respite, fostering a sense of community and resilience during these challenging times

In honor of Chanukah, celebrations were held throughout the holiday at our Center in Kiryat Malachi. The festivities kicked off with a grand Chanukah celebration in the banquet hall. Seniors, Russian immigrants and evacuees from Gaza-border towns enjoyed a joyous holiday celebration. A festive meal was served and an uplifting lecture was delivered. IDF reservists came to light the Menorah and delivered words of inspiration. Music filled the air, and people danced under the bright Menorah lights, adding to the festive spirit.

On another evening residents and evacuees from Gaza-border towns enjoyed a festive Chanukah party enhanced with Chanukah symbols, including doughnuts and fried foods, commemorating the miracle of the flask of oil that lasted for eight nights, when the Maccabees rededicated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem over two thousand years ago. The city Mayor, Eliyahu Zohar, along with other municipal officials, addressed the audience, and the crowd enjoyed live entertainment. Gift packages were given out containing warm blankets and toys.

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Additionally, the staff of the Chamah day-care center were treated to an exclusive event organized for them. A sit-down meal was served and words of inspiration was shared by Mrs. Leah Natan, a cherished teacher at one of the local Chamah day-care centers. Mrs. Natan tragically lost her son, an elite IDF soldier, who fell in battle against Hamas, in Gaza. She shared valuable insights and offered words of encouragement during these challenging times in the war of Good against Evil.

In the midst of these trying times, the call for increased spiritual joy becomes even more pronounced as a means to counter the prevailing darkness. Chanukah, with its symbolic emphasis on the triumph of light over adversity, serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring Jewish spirit. Celebrating this festival not only kindles the glow of hope within us but also reinforces the importance of resilience and Jewish unity in the face of adversity.