A most successful ‘Chanukah in the City’ event was held last December (2014) in Brisbane, with over 1000 people in attendance. The photo of the Menorah lighting featured here below shows Mr Robert Cavalucci, Assistant Minister for Multicultural affairs of Qld accompanying Rabbi Levi Jaffe of The Brisbane Synagogue and Chabad Brisbane, in lighting the Shamash of the majestic 6 metre Menorah which adorned the Brisbane city centre over the duration of Chanukah.
Major features of the event were musical entertainment, a kids Chanukah program by the Niggun Collective from Melbourne, the public recital of 12 special Torah verses by the children and, of course the lighting of the large Menorah. The event was infused with an extra dose of liveliness by a wonderful group of students from Chabad Youth in Melbourne and Sydney, who arrived just in time for the event, and they greatly enhanced the evening with their contagious joyful personalities and lively dancing with the crowd.
The event was organised by Chabad Brisbane and supported by the Brisbane City Council and the State Government of Qld. The MC for the evening was Steve Austin, ABC radio presenter of the Brisbane Morning Show, who is a great supporter of the Jewish people and Israel.
Chabad Brisbane expresses its deep thanks and sincere appreciation to all the sponsors of the event, and in particular to the many dedicated and wonderful communal volunteers, who always give of themselves so cheerfully, and whose valuable contribution made the event the great success that it was.