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Chanukah on the Square

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2007-12-12

Chanukah photo: James O Jenkins

Chanukah photo: James O Jenkins

Both Jews and non-Jews braved cold weather to celebrate Chanukah in Trafalgar Square in central London.

For the first time ever, a massive 9.5 metre menorah was erected which was lit by London Mayor Ken Livingstone and Chabad House Hendon director Rabbi Gershon Overlander.

The eco-friendly menorah designed by Mendy Levy was fitted with low carbon LED light bulbs.

"The giant menorah will provide the opportunity for all Londoners to experience part of the Jewish community's rich culture and tradition and celebrate the contribution the Jewish community makes to the capital," said Livingstone. "I would like to wish everyone a very happy Chanukah."

As well as members of London's Jewish community taking part, non-Jews were also invited to take part and join in with the celebration which including giving out of free potato latkes and doughnuts as well as chocolate coins for all children.