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Giant Menorah to light up University of Manchester, as part of world’s largest Hanukkah observance

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On Tuesday 4 December at 5pm, Jewish students will ignite a public 9-foot Hanukkah menorah erected at Brunswick Park, followed by a community-wide celebration. The 4 December is the 3rd night of the eight-day Hanukkah festival.

The ceremony, organized by Chabad at Manchester Universities, will feature an address by Prof. Luke Grorghiou, the deputy vice chancellor and Chaya Fligg, a 3rd year medical student. Following the menorah lighting ceremony, students will dance, sing and eat doughnuts, a traditional Hanukkah food.

The Menorah lighting is part of the worldwide Hanukkah campaign, an initiative launched by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, in 1973. The campaign highlights and encourages the central theme of the holiday — publicising the story of the Hanukkah miracle. The students will be lighting one of 15,000 public Menorahs worldwide, symbolizing universal message of religious freedom.

“The message of Hanukkah is the message of light,” says Rabbi Eli Simon of Chabad. “The nature of light is that it is always victorious over darkness. A small amount of light dispels a lot of darkness. Another act of goodness and kindness, another act of light, can make all the difference.”

For more information, check out the Facebook event

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