Let there be light – community gathers for the LJRC’s Chanukah event

As ever, the Chanukah candle lighting at Leeds Civic Hall was our final event of the calendar year and certainly saw it end on a high.

Now an established Leeds tradition the event has always attracted wonderful speakers and entertainment and this year was no exception.

After an introduction by LJRC president, Simon Jackson, the newly inaugurated Lord Mayor, Cllr Judith Chapman, opened the ceremony, which was followed by an enthusiastic performance by the Brodetsky school choir.

Guest of honour was student chaplain, Rabbi Eli Magzimov, who brought a meaningful take on the Chanukah story before initiating the candle lighting, which ended, of course, with sweets and doughnuts.

There’s something about those short days and long, dark nights of winter, which make the spirit yearn for light and warmth. Chanukah provided the perfect antidote and what better way to celebrate it than amongst friends?