Northwood United Synagogue celebrated the fifth night of Chanukah at Three Rivers District Council last Thursday (December 6) with around 140 people attending the candle-lighting ceremony.
The ceremony was led by Rabbi Aron Zerbib and included amongst the guests were the chairmen of Three Rivers District and Hertfordshire County Councils, the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, the Chief Constable of Hertfordshire, the chief executive of Three Rivers District Council, many councillors plus representatives from the Metropolitan Police, the Christian, Jewish, Sikh and Muslim communities.
The Lord Lieutenant, Robert Voss, was presented with a beautiful contemporary menorah by the synagogue to thank him for his participation. In accepting it, he spoke about his pride in being the only Jewish Lord Lieutenant in the country and only the second ever in history.
Following the formalities, everyone enjoyed the traditional Chanukah food of doughnuts.
Cllr Debbie Morris, a councillor at Three Rivers and synagogue member, said: “As the principal coordinator of this wonderful celebration of Chanukah, it gave me enormous pride to witness the coming together of people from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds and across the political spectrum. It showed that there is more that unites us than divides us.”