Lord Mayor lit up about Gateshead upbringing

CHANUCAH TREATS: Rabbi Avremi Kievman, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, the Junior Lord Mayor and members of the Merseyside Jewish Representative Council executive prepare to tuck into the doughnuts

CANDLE-lighting on the second night of Chanucah took place at the Liverpool Town Hall.

Present were the Lord Mayor, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy, the Lady Mayoress, Liliana Kennedy, the Junior Lord Mayor, Leah Burke, and executive members of the Merseyside Jewish Representative Council.

Chabad Lubavitch's Rabbi Avremi Kievman explained the story of Chanucah.

He told the Junior Lord Mayor that we are reading about Leah in this week's sedra.

The shamash was lit by the Lord Mayor and Howard Winik, MJRC vice-chairman, recited the berachot and lit the two candles.

Rabbi Kievman explained the significance of eating doughnuts and giving chocolate Chanucah gelt before handing some out to everyone present, including MJRC chairman Michelle Hayward and president Avril Lewis.

Cllr Kennedy said he grew up in Gateshead and continues to have a strong passion for the Jewish community.

"I feel privileged to be standing here among my Jewish friends" he concluded.

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