Bright lights of Chanukah

The Jewish community are getting ready to celebrate the festival of Chanukah.

This year Chanukah begins on the night of Tuesday 16th December and finishes on the night of Wednesday 24th December ……(just as Christmas begins.)
What is Chanukah all about? It’s a festival of light and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness and of spirituality over materialism. For eight consecutive days Jewish people light flames on a Chanukiah (like a candelabra with nine branches) – one on the first night, two on the second night etc.

This commemorates the time when the Greeks were driven out of the Holy Temple by the Jewish Maccabees. When the Jews wanted to relight the Menorah in the Temple with pure olive oil, (so that the Temple could be rededicated to the service of God) they could only find enough uncontaminated oil to last for one night but miraculously it lasted for eight nights.

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Chanukiahs come in all shapes and sizes but you can see this one in our Home life display cabinet as part of our social history exhibition. This permanent exhibition tells the stories of 5 individuals who were part of the Jewish community in Manchester around 100 years ago. The Home Life cabinet illustrates the life of Cheena Livshin a young widow whose husband died on the Titanic.
Come and enjoy the “Jewish Manchester in 1912” tour of this exhibition at 11am, 1pm and 3pm Sundays to Thursdays and Fridays 11am only.

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