Holocaust survivors will mark Hanukkah amid worries over war in Israel, global rise of antisemitism

by Ryan Lee
Hanukkah commemoration

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Hanukkah commemoration

What is the significance of the virtual Hanukkah ceremony for Holocaust survivors?

The virtual Hanukkah ceremony serves as a tribute to the 6 million European Jews who were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust. It allows survivors from around the world to come together and commemorate this dark period in history.

Why are some Holocaust survivors gathering in-person at Jerusalem’s Western Wall?

Several dozen survivors are gathering in-person at Jerusalem’s Western Wall, which is the holiest place for Jewish prayer. They are conducting a menorah lighting there to pay their respects and mark the festival of Hanukkah.

How does Hanukkah relate to the Israel-Hamas conflict?

This year’s Hanukkah coincides with heightened tension and trauma among Jews due to the Israel-Hamas conflict. The conflict began with a deadly attack by Hamas on Israel, leading to a retaliatory bombing campaign and ground offensive by Israel. This situation has added to the emotional distress for many Jewish people.

What world leaders and celebrities are participating in the event?

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and various celebrities, including Billy Crystal, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Jason Alexander, are taking part in the event. They are sharing messages and reflections on the Israel-Hamas conflict and its impact on the Jewish community.

Can people from around the world view the virtual Hanukkah celebration?

Yes, the virtual Hanukkah celebration will be accessible to anyone worldwide. It will include captions in three languages: English, Hebrew, and Russian, making it inclusive and accessible to a global audience.

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HanukkahFanatic December 11, 2023 - 11:57 am

sad dat Israel-Hamas war overshadows Hanukkah spirit.

GrammarGeek December 11, 2023 - 12:32 pm

need more punctuaton and captlization for clarit.

HistoryNerd55 December 11, 2023 - 8:35 pm

Virtual ceremny, celebs, world leadrs, all join to say, “never again.”

Reader123 December 12, 2023 - 12:16 am

wow, so imptnt to remembr holocost survivrs, dey wen thru hell

GlobalViewer December 12, 2023 - 6:58 am

Inclusv event – 3 languages, any1 can watch, unity in diversity!


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