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2009

Items of Interest, Dec. 17, 2009
News Brief
Melbourne, Australia’s menorah lighting draws state government officials, and North Boston kids organize a Chanukah toy drive.
Israeli Foreign Minister Tours Kiev School
Former Soviet Union
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman toured Chabad-Lubavitch educational institutions in Kiev before wrapping up his pre-Chanukah state visit to Ukraine.
Elie Wiesel to Hungary: Be Strong in Fighting Hate
Europe
Near the end of an historic two-day return to his native Hungary, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel embraced the brother of two individuals mentioned in his semi-autobiographical memoir of life in the concentration camps.
News Brief
Quebec Minister of International Relations Pierre Arcand visited the headquarters of the Federation of Jewish Communities of the Former Soviet Union while on an official trip to Russia.
Nationwide Chanukah Festivals Light Up the Daytime
Holiday Watch
Parents on the lookout for fun and exciting ways to keep the flame of the Festival of Lights alive during the day have found the answer to their prayer in dozens of Chanukah Wonderlands that have popped up across the United States.
FBI Cites N.Y. Mother for Anti-Terror Fight
North America
Devorah Halberstam, who lost her son Ari in a 1994 terrorist attack, received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for her work on behalf of victims and in support of the war on terror.
Austrian Rabbi Attacked After Chanukah Menorah Lighting
Europe
Moments after presiding over a public Chanukah menorah lighting in Vienna’s Stefenfaltz Square Saturday night, Rabbi Dov Gruzman was evacuated by ambulance when a man appeared out of the crowd and assaulted him.
Worldwide Menorah Lightings Live Online
News Brief
Through its streaming video portal, Jewish.tv, Chabad.org is taking viewers around the world this Chanukah by broadcasting an assortment of public menorah lightings live.
News Brief
A Hawaiian island becomes home to a rabbi and his family, and Bournemouth, England, gets a kosher store.
News Brief
Representatives of different faiths gathered at London’s Kensington Palace on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, to remember the more than 180 people who lost their lives.
Australian State Parliament Celebrates First Chanukah
News Brief
Organized by the regional headquarters of Chabad-Lubavitch, the first Chanukah party since the parliament’s inception in 1856 drew prominent politicians and dignitaries, including Premier Nathan Rees and Opposition Leader Barry O’Farrell.
From Sports Fans to Students, Communities Worldwide Ready for Chanukah
Holiday Watch
It’s no secret Chanukah menorahs come in all shapes, sizes and colors, and feature any of a number of materials in their construction.
Uruguayan President Receives Jewish Delegation
South America
Three months before returning to private life, outgoing Uruguayan President Dr. Tabare Vazquez received a delegation of Jewish leaders in advance of the holiday of Chanukah.
In Historic Visit, Nobel Laureate Wiesel Returns to Hungary
Europe
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel celebrated the 20th anniversary of Chabad-Lubavitch activities in Budapest, his first official trip back to the country from which he and his family were deported more than 60 years ago.
Community Approaches Anniversary of Gaza Offensive
Israel
For communities encircling the Gaza Strip, a recent stretch of much-needed thundershowers sparked allusions to the sound of rocket attacks.
Free Menorahs Available in Advance of Chanukah
News Brief
With the approach of Chanukah, Chabad-Lubavitch institutions around the world have been working around the clock to make the eight-day Festival of Lights more accessible to Jewish people of all backgrounds.
Jewish Residents Among Nightclub Fire’s Victims
Former Soviet Union
The Jewish community of Perm joined family members of the deceased in mourning the loss of an estimated 119 people in one of Russia’s worst civil accidents in recent memory.
News Brief
Alongside other organizations that have taken their campaigns online in a quest for votes in the Chase Community Giving Challenge, a humorous viral video in support of the Friendship Circle has been making the rounds of social networking sites.
With an Online Presence, Montreal Class Offers Spiritual Guidance
North America
Every day, for the last three years, Jewish adults in Montreal, Canada, have devoted almost an hour of their morning to studying the foundational text of Chabad-Lubavitch Chasidic thought. On Sunday, they began it anew for the fourth time.
News Brief
More than 1,200 people, including the provincial head of government, celebrated the second anniversary of a popular Shabbat program in Cape Town, South Africa.
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