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Ashkelon Neighbors Congregate After Missile Strike
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As Israel completed its fifth day of air strikes against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in Israeli cities terrorized by Palestinian-fired rockets counseled frightened residents and soldiers. In the coastal city of Ashkelon, not far from the Gazan border, Rabbi Menachem Lieberman and his staff handed out miniature books of Psalms to security forces and citizens who had gathered at the site where a rocket struck on Wednesday.
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Hockey Fans Watch Lighting of Nashville Menorah
North America
More than 16,000 people were on hand for a Chanukah menorah lighting at Nashville, Tenn.’s Sommet Center stadium sponsored by the city’s Chabad-Lubavitch center.
Desert City Joins List of Targeted Israeli Locales, but Residents Cope
Israel
The desert city of Be’er Sheva joined the list of Israeli towns struck by ever-improving Palestinian rockets Tuesday night, but in the midst of the chaos, at least one function continued as if the country’s latest offensive against the Gaza Strip had not landed smack dab on its doorstep.
Israeli Military Families and Frightened Citizens Adjust After Days of Warfare
Israel
Countless loved ones across the country are grappling with the unknown as their sons, brothers and husbands wait for the order that will start the ground war in Gaza.
Chanukah Occupies Place of Honor at Wyoming Rotunda
North America
For the first time in the state’s history, a Chanukah menorah stood beneath the rotunda of the capitol building in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Kremlin Lighting Kicks off Thousands of Chanukah Celebrations
Former Soviet Union
Thousands gathered outside the Kremlin for a traditional Chanukah menorah lighting in below-freezing weather presided over by Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar.
Hospitalized Son of Slain Chabad Emissaries Succumbs to Illness
Israel
The family of Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg buried the couple’s four-year-old son Dov Tuesday morning after the boy succumbed to a long illness.
Palestinian Rocket Inflicts Heavy Damage on Chabad Rabbi’s Home
Israel
As Israel Defense Force air strikes against Hamas targets in the Palestinian-controlled Gaza Strip extended into the fourth day of fighting, enemy rockets rained down on civilian centers, sending citizens scurrying and damaging homes, including that of Rabbi Chananel and Tzivia Pizem, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries in the border town of Sderot.
Florida Gov. Hosts Capitol Chanukah Party
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Jewish leaders from the Sunshine State joined Gov. Charlie Crist in celebrating Chanukah at a menorah lighting at the state capitol in Tallahassee.
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Fire Engines Lead the Way in Chanukah Parade
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In cooperation with Chabad-Lubavitch of Upper Montgomery County, the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department in suburban Maryland made history this Chanukah with what is believed to be the world’s only menorah fire truck parade.
As Rockets Rain Down, Israeli Residents Keep an Eye to the Sky
Israel
Throughout Saturday night and Sunday, as waves of aircraft pounded military targets in the Gaza Strip and Hamas forces retaliated with rocket attacks aimed at Israeli civilians, Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries and rabbinical students made the rounds of hospitals to visit with the wounded.
Amsterdam’s Mayor Kindles Menorah in Central Square
Europe
Mayor Job Cohen lit the giant Chanukah menorah in Amsterdam’s central Dam Square during a ceremony organized by Chabad-Lubavitch of the Netherlands. More than 1,000 people filled the square, one of the most notable public spaces in the Dutch city. The event joined a list of public menorah lightings that have been regularly held throughout the Netherlands for several years.
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Israeli Cities Locked Down After Air Strikes on Gaza Strip
Israel
Residents of Israeli cities surrounding the Gaza Strip found themselves living in a closed military zone on Saturday, as the country’s Home Front Command issued orders effectively keeping people in their homes.
Children in Long Island Accident Return Home From Hospital
North America
All of the children injured Thursday’s traffic accident at the Chanukah Wonderland in Woodmere, N.Y., returned home before Shabbat.
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