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There is a festival coming up, on the 25th of the month, celebrating the light of the world, with gift-giving and greasy food.

Yep, you've guessed it... it's Chanukah! On the 25th of Kislev, we will celebrate the lights of the Temple by lighting candles, giving little gifts, and eating doughnuts.

If that sounds worryingly Christian to you, consider this. Everything we know about the story of Chanukah was preserved in Greek by Catholics. The dreidels we spin are based on Irish spinning tops. Our latkes come from Eastern European recipes.

While some tell the Chanukah story as one of resisting assimilation, in reality it is a testament to how much we gain by interacting with other cultures and incorporating them into our own.

For me, that's part of what makes it wonderful. It's great for mixed families because it brings together elements from many cultures. It affirms our different identity while celebrating the society we are in. It shows how much we have gained by being Diaspora Jews in England.

Come along to our Chanukah fair, our choir concert, and our Friday night, to see how lovely and welcoming this festival can be.

Shabbat Shalom

Student Rabbi Lev