History was made when the Bushey Chabad Jewish Community Centre installed the town’s very first community menorah on High Road.
The menorah is an eight-branch candelabra which is lit during the eight-day Jewish festival of Hanukkah. During the festival, Jewish families come together each night to light one of the candles on the menorah, symbolising the power of light over darkness, good over evil, and kindness over hate.
The Bushey community menorah stood at two metres tall and was received with great excitement in the community. Each night, a different local personality was honoured with lighting one of the candles. On the final night of Hanukkah, a large crowd gathered to watch Special Sergeant Jeremy Kaye, chairman of the Jewish Herts Police Association, light the last candle.
Rabbi Yosef Sharfstein, director of the Bushey Chabad Jewish Community Centre, said: “With all of the news about antisemitism on the rise, it was so special to have our own community menorah.
“It has been a source of tremendous pride and joy for our community, and I wanted to thank everyone from the community who helped make the Bushey menorah so special.”
Thousands of giant community menorahs are installed around the world every year during Hanukkah, including in Trafalgar Square, next to the Eiffel Tower, and outside the White House.