Monday, December 26, 2011

Images of Hanukkah from Around the World

The global Jewish community may not seem like it is growing larger these days, but it is growing richer.

The international Jewish outreach organization, Shavei Israel recently posted a video comprising images from some of the world's "newest" Jewish communities.

In truth, some of these communities have been around much longer than Jews have lived in North America, the UK, or many other parts of the world. But their reconnection to the "tribe" offers a new and broader understanding of what it means to be a Jew.

Video courtesy of Shavei Israel.

Hanukkah is also a special time for olim (immigrants) to make aliyah to Israel. This year, 76 olim from North America made the leap - just hours before they were to light the first candle for Hanukkah.
Eden, Mia and Hila arrive with their handmade hanukkiahs ready for lighting.

Olim from North America, upon their arrival Dec. 20 

Photos by Yonit Schiller and courtesy of Nefesh B'Nefesh.

Here in North America, the Occupy Judaism movement continues to explore new aspects of celebrating unity. Participants reunited on the chilly streets of New York City to light the Hanukkah candles. A sampling of photos from the third night of Hanukkah can be seen by clicking on OccupyJudaism's Facebook page.

May the last nights of this year's Hanukkah be the brightest for all!

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