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London Synagogue

Introduction
This represents the Central Synagogue in Hallam Street, London at Hanukkah in 1892. First built in 1870, the interior photo below dates from then. It was destroyed in a German air raid in 1941. A temporary synagogue served until 1956 and a new one opened here in 1958.

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Hazle Ceramics
London Synagogue
Limited Painting of 50
on Northampton
with added 22ct gold

 The “servant” and one other candle burn on the menorrah inside a home. Each night one more candle is lit. This ritual is followed by blessings, prayers and Hanukkah-themed songs.

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Hanukkah History
Also called Chanukah or the Festival of Lights, this Jewish holiday on 21-29 December in 2008, celebrates re-dedication of the Temple of Jerusalem. In Maccabees and other sources it was seized back from the Hellenites in 165 BCE by Judah Maccabee. A day’s supply of olive oil burnt in the Temple’s menorrah for 8 days, the time taken to prepare new oil. The 8 day festival marks this miracle.

 With “May your holiday be filled with joy and light” on the board, “Shalom” in the centre, “Happy Chanukah” on the door and 1892 below the menorrah.

 Traditional Hanukkah foods are fried in olive oil. Donuts or sufganiyot are shown left, with potato pancakes or latkes in the photo by Daniel Sils above.
Children play games with a dreidel, spun like a dice. They also receive gifts or money. 

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