Hundreds of thousands of Jews from across the Former Soviet Union are now celebrating the festival of Chanukah, the festival of lights, in public Menorah lightings, parties, concerts, special events and traditional gatherings. The events are taking place in more than 420 communities, in both major cities and small villages.
The first light of Chanukah was celebrated this Sunday, and the festival will continue until next Monday. Each night an additional candle is lit in memory of the miracles that took place more than 2,000 years ago, reaching eight candles on the last night.
The events are suitable for the entire family, including children and the elderly, but there also special events geared for specific ages like the EnerJew activities for teenagers and the EuroStars programs for students.