Chanukah Lights at the Polish Parliament

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Chanukah Lights at the Polish Parliament

(Photos: Katarzyna Gwizdoń-Ciachorowska)

The Marshal of the Sejm (Parliament Speaker) lights the artistically-designed menorah.

by Shaindle Fogelman - Warsaw, Poland

December 13, 2017

Poland’s new Prime Minister was sworn in Tuesday evening, December 12, as Chabad kindled the first light of Chanukah, in the Polish Sejm (Parliament), where the two events were hosted back-to-back.

Rabbi Shalom Ber Stambler, Chabad’s representative to Warsaw, said the menorah lights bear a universal message “of light and tolerance.” Newly installed Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki delivered his personal wishes to the country’s Jewish community in honor of the festival of lights.

The Marshal of the Sejm, Marek Kuchciński lit the menorah and tweeted immediately after the event, “The Sejm plenum to the light of the Chanukah menorah is testimony to the historical connection and mutual respect that binds Polish and Jewish communities together.”

Rabbi Shalom Ber and Dina Stambler have been lighting the menorah in Warsaw since 2005.

Chabad's representative to Warsaw, Rabbi Shalom Ber Stambler, speaks at the Sejm on the first night of Chanukah.

Poland's new Prime Minister Jakub Morawiecki delivers personal blessings to Rabbi Stambler after the inauguration.

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