Despite the weather forecast for a wet afternoon in London, the rain stopped just in time to set up for the first ever public menorah lighting at Lubavitch House in Stamford Hill.
The momentous event was organized by Rabbi Sholom Ber Sudak and his wife Devorah Leah and attended by an whopping 800 people.
For 40 years, a large electric menorah has stood outside the headquarters of Lubavitch UK, but never before has a genuine lighting, with a bracha, taken place. For many of the local community, it was their first time attending a public lighting.
The menorah was lit by the Rov of the local anash community Dayan Levi Yitzchak Raskin followed by entertainment with popular singer Shloime Gertner.