Menorahs and Videos of the Rebbe Illuminate War-Torn Kharkiv

It was the second Chanukah at war in Ukraine, but the Chanukah lights were burning bright, with a full week of programs run by shluchim Rabbi Moshe and Miriam Moskovitz.

The second Chanukah at war in Ukraine…but the Chanukah lights are burning bright…

A week before Chanukah the message of light was already being spread on billboards throughout the streets of Kharkiv reminding everyone to light in their homes and that a little light dispels the darkness.

A Chanukah Shabbaton for a group of teenage boys was unforgettable as they drove after Havdalla through the city to light menorahs in the streets and the malls and homes of the elderly.

Arsen came home very excited. “Thank you Mum for making me be born Jewish”! This is his first Chanukah since he started coming to the synagogue this summer for camp. The next day he joined hundreds of young and old who came to celebrate the fourth night of Chanukah in the synagogue.

Children played dreidel games and made candles, and everyone enjoyed chocolate-covered doughnuts, hot latkes and a fun carnival program. The mayor of Kharkiv, Igor Terechov joined Rabbi Moshe Moskovitz lighting the menorah.

The mayor thanked the community for all the humanitarian help they give in Kharkiv and to refugees from other cities.

Rabbi Moskovitz conveyed the Rebbe’s message of the power of adding light and goodness to drive away the darkness in the world today. Everyone joined in a prayer for the end of war in Ukraine and Israel and the return of the hostages.

Throughout the city in malls and in the subway station menorahs shone brightly together with billboards spreading the Chanukah message. A thousand Chanukah menorahs and food packages were given out to Jewish homes throughout the city. And a parade of menorah cars drove through the city past the city and regional buildings damaged by the war, sharing a message of resilience and hope even in the darkest of times.

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