Chanukah joy in Sydney
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Chanukah joy in Sydney

There were festivities on Flood Street, naches in Newtown, dreidels in Dover Heights and menorahs in Mosman at Taronga Zoo.

Lighting the menorah at Dover Heights Shule's Chanukah in the Park.
Lighting the menorah at Dover Heights Shule's Chanukah in the Park.

FROM Macquarie Street to Maroubra Synagogue and beyond, Chanukah was enthusiastically ushered in by a community starved of celebration through four months of lockdown.

There were festivities on Flood Street, naches in Newtown, dreidels in Dover Heights and menorahs in Mosman at Taronga Zoo.

“It was a great day, a great collaboration between a number of organisations, the weather held out and everybody had a great time,” Jewish House CEO Rabbi Mendel Kastel said of Chanukah at the Zoo, which his organisation held with JNF.

We hope you’re having a wonderful #Chanukah. This was the spectacular display in Sydney’s Double Bay last night. ????????

Posted by The Australian Jewish News on Wednesday, December 1, 2021

“After so many months of lockdown it was wonderful to all be together.”

Celebrations kicked off on Thursday night at NSW Parliament House where community leaders and politicians came together to light the menorah.

Events were also hosted on Sunday at Adamama Farm and Emanuel Synagogue, while on Monday night, Sydney’s Shul in partnership with the Children’s Hospital in Randwick hosted Israeli soccer star Tomer Hemed at an event where more than 15,000 gifts were packed for children in hospitals across Australia.

A number of other parties were scheduled for last night (Wednesday) with more festivities planned across Sydney in the coming days.

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