Hillels around the world will light the fourth Chanukah candle in solidarity with the besieged residents of Sderot.
The Hillel Israel project “Light a Candle with Sderot” is an effort to raise worldwide awareness of the challenges faced by Israelis and Palestinians under attack near the Gaza border. Hillel Israel is calling on Jews around the world to participate.
The residents of Sderot and surrounding southern Israel communities have been subjected to thousands of Kassam rocket attacks fired by Palestinian terrorists since April 2001.
Sderot was founded in 1951 as a transit camp for new immigrants from Kurdistan and Iran. Since then the town has absorbed immigrants from Morocco and Romania, and more recently from the former Soviet Union and Ethiopia, and now has a population of about 23,000.