Hundreds Watch As Tallest Menorah in Ukraine is Kindled


December 9, 2004

They were tears of joy shed by many among the 400 who gathered at Lenin Square in Dneproderzhinsk on the first night of Chanukah.

Raised aloft on a cherry picker to kindle the six meter menorah—the tallest in Ukraine, were Chabad Rabbi Levi Stambler and Dneproderzhinsk’s deputy mayor.

“Not in my wildest dreams,” said Mr. Zinovi Rabinovitz, a member of the community, whose sentiments were echoed by others, “would I believe that I’d be standing in Lenin Square alongside the Lenin statue, and watch the tallest menorah being lit, fearlessly, as Ukrainian authorities protect us in doing so.”

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