Community gathers for Chanukah celebrations
Islington Green was illuminated for the Jewish festival of Chanukah, festival of light and joy, where some 700 people came together for the traditional lighting of the Menorah.
Event organiser, Rabbi Mendy Korer of Chabad Islington, led the lighting ceremony with greetings from the Mayor of Islington Councillor Gary Heather, Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz, and the Deputy Lieutenant of Islington Paul Herbage representing His Majesty the King. This year the honour of lighting the first candle was given to Superintendent Jack May-Robinson, in recognition of the tireless work of Islington police in keeping the borough safe.
Visitors enjoyed delicious free doughnuts and latkes, hot chocolate and tea, while singing traditional songs – including ‘Sweet Chanukah’ to the tune of Sweet Caroline. People could also get creative with craft activities from Little Angel Theatre and Cass Art.
Rabbi Mendy said of the event on December 10: “This year was particularly poignant for the community to be able to come out and celebrate Chanukah proudly, feel welcomed and safe in Islington. It’s been a horrid past couple months for so many. Islington is giving you a big hug, we love you, this is your home.”