Chanukah – a Tale of Three Cities

December 8, 2010 Agencies
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The Jewish community continues to engage itself with all Australians in celebrating Chanukah.

Last night, when Liberal MP Malcolm Turnbull, NSW State Treasurer Eric Roozendaal and State Liberal candidate Gabrielle Upton were joining in tRabbi Yanky Berger’s Chanukah festivities at Sydney’s Double Bay Park, newly elected Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu was lighting the Menorah in Melbourne’s Parliament House.

NSW Treasurer Eric Roozendaal lights the Menorah pic: Henry Benjamin

In Brisbane, the evening before, a six metre high Menorah was ther focal point in the city’s Redcliff Place. The menorah lighting was attended by the Queensland capital’s Lord Mayor Campbell Newman and a host of politicians.

Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu watched by Rabbi Chaim Herzog

The Melbourne function was attended by over 800 community members and organised by Rabbu Chaim Herzog of Chabad of Melbourne. As well as participating in lighting the Menorah, the State’s new Premier delivered one of his first speeches to the community.

In Sydney, the traditional carnival atmosphere was soaked up by more than a thousand visitors. Other synagogues were playing their part too with Central lighting a Menorah in a local shopping centre.

Menorah in Central Synagogue lobby pic; Mendel Moskowitz

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