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  • Bush Counsels Patience on Mideast in Chanukah Meeting with the Jews

    Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon may have set a six-month ultimatum for the Palestinians — offering them partnership or pullout — but President Bush is counseling patience and adherence to existing peace initiatives. Bush met with Jewish lay and communal leaders at the White House on Monday for the traditional annual Chanukah celebration. Participants said… More ▸

  • Chanukah Feature Among Haifa’s Arabs and Jews, Winter Holidays Occasion for Unity

    Thousands of Jews and Arabs fill the winding stone alleyways of a Haifa neighborhood sampling latkes, roasted chestnuts and pastries dripping in honey at a coexistence festival to mark the holidays of Chanukah, Christmas and Ramadan. Walking a path lined with poems by Arab and Jewish poets, celebrants take in sculptures strung over archways and… More ▸

  • Hungarian Police Apologize After Skinheads Disrupt Menorah Lighting

    Hungarian police are apologizing for allowing more than 100 skinheads to demonstrate just as members of Chabad were about to light a Chanukah candle in a downtown Budapest square. The skinheads, members of Hungary’s “Revisionist movement,” blocked the small square where Chabad members were about to light the sixth Chanukah candle on the evening of… More ▸

  • As White House Menorah is Lit, Bush Speaks of His Resolve Against Terror

    It may be an annual event, but the White House Chanukah celebration remains a highlight for leaders of the American Jewish community. “It’s not just a party but a very powerful, symbolic event,” said David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, who attended Wednesday night’s bash with President Bush. “I kept pinching myself.”… More ▸

  • U.S. Supreme Court Intervenes to Allow Menorah in Cincinnati

    Chabad’s annual campaign to light menorahs in public has ignited a new legal battle. The battleground this time is Cincinnati, where the Supreme Court last week allowed Chabad of Southern Ohio to light an 18-foot menorah in the city’s downtown Fountain Square. Minutes before Shabbat — and the first candle — last Friday, Justice John… More ▸

  • Canadian Jews Win Court Case over Rights to Menorah Imagery by Bill Gladstone

    Two and a half years after Canada’s trademark registrar legally protected a stylized menorah used by a Christian group that proselytizes Jews, a federal court judge has reversed the decision. Officials of the Canadian Jewish Congress, which had sought a judicial review of the matter after the registrar gave the Chosen People Ministries exclusive right… More ▸

  • Chanukah Menorahs Lit Up from Moscow to Ground Zero

    Unexpected chilly weather did not prevent roughly 1,000 people from gathering just a few hundred yards from the Kremlin for a Chanukah candlelighting. Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov told the throngs Sunday night that the menorah near the Kremlin symbolizes the multicultural and multireligious city Moscow has become. Luzhkov then helped Lev Levayev, a Lubavitch supporter… More ▸