THE community turned out in force to celebrate 30 years of Europe's first giant menorah in a city centre.
The Chabad-Lubavitch event, in Victoria Gardens, was in the presence of Lord Mayor Cllr Tom Murray and Lady Mayoress Edna Murray.
The reception in Leeds Art Gallery featured the Brodetsky School choir.
Cllr Murray and Leeds Jewish Representative Council president Simon Jackson lit the candles on the first night.
Rabbi Yeremiyahu Angyalfi paid tribute to Leeds City Council for encouraging and supporting religious freedom in the city.
He said Chanucah in Hebrew means dedication, but "it also means education and, as Jewish people, we are here to educate and enlighten the world.
"The light is a spiritual light. It is something which we hope will illuminate our souls and the souls of all the people around us to give fulfilment."
He added: "We are proud to be part of the Leeds community, and proud to be part of a multi-cultural community where we all mix and get on together and honour and show respect for each other's cultures."