After weeks of hard work by the Rabbinical and Mesivta students of the Yeshiva Centre – Chabad NSW, Car Menorahs and Chanukah flags were set on top of cars and vans and even a stretch limousine, in order to parade through the streets of Sydney and remind people of the great miracles of Chanukah.
The Parade culminated at Chanukah in the city – a giant Menorah lighting ceremony in Martin Place. A number of Government representatives gave greetings, including Attorney General, The Hon. John Hatzistergos, BEc LLM MLC, Mr David Clark MLC, Mr Peter Debnam MP and Rev. The Hon. Fred Nile MP.
Also present were Mr Yair Miller, President of the NSW Jewish board of deputies and Mr Eli Yerushalmi, Deputy chief of Mission ? Israeli Embassy.
Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, Head Shliach of NSW spoke of the message of Chanukah and the need to spread the light preparing the world for the coming of Moshiach.
The attorney general, who also brought greetings from the Premier, Kristina Keneally, thanked Chabad for their continued endeavours in the Jewish and wider community and related that as a man of Greek descent he felt honoured to celebrate Chanukah with Chabad in Sydney.
The event was celebrated by close to a thousand people of all walks of life. There were the usual Latkes and doughnuts as well as specially made chocolate dreidles.
Attendees also enjoyed a barbeque, jumping castle, face painting, a grand raffle for a Samsung laptop won by Mesivta student Yossi Chriqui and the main entertainment of the night, an amazing 3 man acrobatic show.
The Shluchim of the Yeshiva set up a large Mivtzoim stand where they gave out Menoras, Candles, Holiday guides, many brochures on Kashrus and
the like as well as put on Tefilin with scores of people.
The Girls Cheder also ran a separate booth where they gave out Neshek and signed people up for Birthday club and the Chabad youth Hebrew School.
“We are very thankful to the Al-mighty for enabling such a wonderful event and withholding the rain,” said Rabbi Elimelech Levy, Director of Chabad Youth NSW.
Though the weather forecasts predicted there would be a thunderstorm, and indeed the days before the event the rain was relentless, however when it came to lighting the giant Menorah, the weather cleared, allowing everyone to enjoy the miracles of Chanukah.