Chanukah 2018: 150-strong crowd attends Chanukiah lighting in Gants Hill
PUBLISHED: 14:05 12 December 2018
Around 150 people of all faiths and none braved wind and rain to celebrate the lighting of the Chanukah Menorah in Gants Hill for the 35th year and counting.
Worshippers gathered at iconic roundabout on Saturday evening (December 8) and among them was Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin, director of the Chabad North East London and Essex based in Eastern Avenue.
Addressing the crowd, Rabbi Sufrin said: “It’s so nice to see young and old gathering together in an act of solidarity and unity to celebrate the meaning of the Chanukah story in the modern day.
“Light dispels darkness.
“Whether we are in a dark place emotionally, mentally or physically, we all have the ability to kindle a light and bring some peace and tranquillity into the hearts and lives of those who need it most.”
Th event was the last in a series of six public menorah lightings which had taken place since the festival began on Sunday, December 2.
A party at the Chabad Centre followed where traditional latkes and doughnuts were served.