As Jews around the world celebrated the first day of Chanukah, a local temple joins in the tradition after overcoming adversity.
The Chabad House on wheels kicked off the holiday on Miami Beach Sunday.
For this congregation, Chanukah holds a particularly powerful meaning. “If you don’t know, our Shul burned down in April, but that doesn’t stop us. It makes us stronger to keep on going with more activities,” said Rabbi Zev Katz. “So I end up with wishing you a happy Chanukah, and we’re going to have a great night here tonight.”
In the later part of April, bandits broke into the Chabad House Synagogue along 24th Street and Pine Tree Drive and stole the temple’s Torah. The thieves then lit the building on fire.