Throughout the eight days of Hanukkah, which began last night at sundown, The Fellowship will light a special traveling menorah each night in a different city. The idea of The Fellowship Menorah project is to turn Hanukkah into Israel’s social action holiday.
A menorah specially designed for The Fellowship will be lit in a different location each evening among different groups of people we support year around.
Over the eight days of Hanukkah, The Fellowship Menorah will shine its light on several of our social action projects, including those that help children, the elderly, social workers, soldiers, olim (immigrants), Ethiopian youth, and Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU).
Last night, the first night of Hanukkah, The Fellowship Menorah was lit in the Fellowship-adopted city of Sderot. The event focused on our assistance to children and was held at the Open House, the community center where The Fellowship's after-school program takes place.
Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi lit the menorah, and told the crowd, "The city of Sderot is growing. Rabbi Eckstein and The Fellowship adopted our city last year, but their work in Sderot began much earlier than Operation Protective Edge. Thanks to The Fellowship, instead of 300 children participating in activities at the community center, more than 1,500 children are participating. Light isn't just fire. It's the good deeds that people do."
Following the lighting of the candles, children who participate in The Fellowship’s after-school program in Sderot sang songs, heard a violin performance by a young girl who studies in one of the after-school classes, and were treated to a magic show.