CAIRNS’ Jewish community lit the world’s first-ever menorah made out of north Queensland mangoes this week.
The event saw members of the community gather at the Cairns Esplanade for the lighting of a giant “mango menorah”, doughnuts, children’s activities and prayers.
“The menorah serves as a symbol of North Queensland’s dedication to preserve and encourage the right and liberty of all its citizens to worship G‑d freely, openly, and with pride,” Chabad of North Queensland’s Rabbi Ari Rubin said.
“This is true especially in Cairns, Australia was founded upon and vigorously protects the right of every person to practice his or her religion free from restraint and persecution.”
Rabbi Rubin added, “We have chosen to create our menorah out of mangoes to commemorate the beauty of North Queensland and its fusion with the message of Chanukah.”
Throughout north Queensland, Chabad will be presenting several Chanukah events and celebrations including a big communal event in Townsville and smaller events in Airlie Beach, Mackay, Ingham, Bowen and Ayr.